The Aircraft

P51D Mustang ‘Moonbeam McSwine’ F-AZXS

• Aircraft Type: P51D Mustang
• Operator: Mistral Warbirds – Fred Akary
• Year of Manufacture: 1944
• Powered by: RR Merlin Packard V1650
• Colour Scheme: 352th FS 487th FG 2 “Blue nose bastards of Bodney”

Built in Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, with the serial No. 44-73656 in October 1944 she was accepted by the USAAF and shipped to Great Britain. She was not assigned and returned to the U.S.A to be flown by the Air National Guard. She was retired from service in 1958 and sold for surplus. The El Salvador Air Force acquired her and she was flown during the Soccer War conflict against Honduras from 1968 to 1974. Sold back as surplus in the USA she was acquired and restored in the colours she wears now, “Moonbeam McSwine” flown by Captain W. Whisner during WWII. In 1975 she won Grand Champion Warbird in Fresno CA. Fred Akary – Mistral Warbirds acquired her in 2012 where she now resides in Avignon in the South of France.

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Images: Credit Xavier Meal