P-51D Mustang 44-72035
Over the years in her paint scheme as “Jumpin Jacques” 44-72035 has appeared at many air shows throughout Europe and a very regular sight throughout the UK airshow scene. With her gleaming polished exterior she has become a favourite, much to the delight of all enthusiasts of this true thoroughbred. The fact that she has never had a major rebuild and is almost totally original as built in 1944 makes this a rare and special P-51 Mustang. She still carries evidence of her battle scars with repairs just behind the pilot’s position on both sides of the fuselage, and puncture repairs to the fin.
As an original “Tuskegee” fighter, she is a rare thoroughbred and whilst she wore the colours of “Jumpin Jacques” for many years, it was decided to return her to the original colours and detail that she wore so proudly during WW2 in service with the 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron. These colours were unveiled on 4th June 2016 and now in her original wartime scheme “Tall In The Saddle”, she is certainly one of the most original and historically accurate Mustangs in the world and has formed an important part of the Hangar 11 Collection since 2001.