North American P-51D Mustang,
‘The Hun Hunter \Texas’ (N351MX)
- North American P-51D Mustang
- Operator: Comanche Fighters, LLC
- Year of Manufacture: 1944
- Powered by: Packard RR Merlin
- Colour Scheme: s/n 44-13305 WR-Z flown by Capt. Henry W ‘Baby’ Brown of the 354th FS, 355th FG.
With a maximum speed of 437 miles per hour and the capability to escort heavy bombers deep into the heart of Germany, the legendary P-51 Mustang dominated the skies over Europe after it was introduced in World War II.
The aircraft being flown today captures that storied history. Accepted into the Army Air Force in 1945, P-51D N351MX served in the U.S. Military until 1958 when it was purchased by the Guatemalan Air Force. It was later owned by filmmaker Chris Woods. In 2000 the aircraft was restored with a design that honours “February.” In June 2-18 she was shipped to the UK and put into the colour scheme we see today as P-51D s/n 44-133 WR-Z ‘The Hun Hunter \ Texas’ flown by Capt. Henry W ‘Baby’ Brown pf the 354th FS, 355TH FG. Henry Brown was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to go with the Silver Star, multiple Distinguished Flying Crosses and Air Medals, and Purple Heart. He tallied 14 air-to-air victories before being shot down and captured on October 3, 1944.
P-51D N351MX has been owned and operated by Comanche Maverick, LLC in Houston, Texas since 2009.
Images: Harry Measures