unknown; c.1950; TAM2012.359
Photograph and 3 coloured slides of Mustang VH- FCB.
This Australian-built Mustang first appeared on the civil register in 1958. It had been delivered to the RAAF in 1951 as A68-192 but, other than some four hours of acceptance/test flying, never used by that arm. When Mr. F.C. ("Chris") Braund (an East West Airlines pilot) bought it in 1958 it was, then, to all intents and purposes, brand new. Richard Maclean's shot above shows it at the beginning of the 1964 R.M. Ansett Air Race from Brisbane to Adelaide, when it was being flown by Jack McDonald. . Geoff Goodall's shot (below) shows it at a very wind-swept Bankstown in May 1962. In 1969 it was sold in the Philippines as PI-C651. After a landing accident in 1973 the aircraft was shipped to Hong Kong and rebuilt by the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company and registered in the colony as VR-HIU. In actual fact, most of the bits and pieces used in the rebuild came from another P-51D, 44-72917. The resultant air-craft went to the U.K. in 1985 and was registered G-HAEC where it currently remains and is regularly flown on the Air Show circuit as P-51D 44-72218 "Big Beautiful Doll" of the 78th F.G.
Gift of Graham BolteObject Type
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