Thursday 29 October 2020

Titan Mustang ZK-MJD/2 Leaving Tauranga on 17-10-2020

The Mike Dean built Titan Mustang ZK-MJD2 left Tauranga on 17/10/20 for its new base at Mercer, and the Hairy Mole Rat was on hand to capture its departure:

It has undergone an identity change with the name Southern Belle now on the cowling.

But it still carries the tail number 413318 and the code N C5.  I am not sure if this represents an actual WW 2 aircraft.  These numbers and codes were worn by an actual P 51D Mustang of the 357th Fighter Group of the Eighth Air Force, USAAF flown by Lt Col Tommy Hayes.

Tommy Hayes Mustang was named Frenesi and ZK-MJD2 carried this name when it first appeared at Tauranga.  There is a lot of information in the internet about the 357th Fighter Group, for example see:

Later it was painted with the more accurate N C5 codes

Here is an information board about the aircraft when it first appeared, nearly completed, at the 2010 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.

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