The Aircraft

P.51D Mustang Ferocious Frankie G-BTCD

• Aircraft Type: P.51D Mustang
• Operator: The Old Flying Machine Company
• Year of Manufacture: 1945
• Powered by: Packard Merlin
• Colour Scheme: B7-H. 374th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group.

“This well-known P.51 was sent to the 8th Air Force in the last part of the war, serving at Leiston in Suffolk among other stations. Post war service included the Royal Canadian Air Force, operating from Alberta before starting civilian life in 1957. In April 1980 the aircraft flew across the Atlantic to join Stephen Grey’s early stable. Re-sprayed, it became much loved as Candyman/ Moose (first displaying in the UK at Biggin Hill in 1981 with Ray Hanna) and flew in films such as Empire of the Sun and Memphis Belle. OFMC acquired the aircraft early in 1999, since when it has carried the highly distinguishing colours of American ace, Wallace E. Hopkins, as ‘Ferocious Frankie’, named in honour of his wife Frankie.”

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Large image: Simon Fenwick
Small image: Katsu Tokinago