Welcome to Forgotten Jets, my massively time-consuming obession with old military jets (and props!) from the 1940s to 70s. What I'm attempting to do here is match up operational histories with individual serial/bureau numbers, which is just as difficult as you might imagine (if not a million times more so).
What's new here...
March 8, 2017:
Hi there, me again, as promised here are the starter pages for the late model P-51 Mustang (D, K, and H only). I was going to wait until May 1st, but, to be honest, I burned out and decided to post them now. Hopefully my fantastic readers can help fill in the blanks and correct my errors, as always. As you can see there is a lot of room for improvement in these pages. Hit me up at email@example.com
So, I know what you're thinking, the bubble-top P-51 is far from "forgotten", but hear me out. If you really dig into the numbers, you'll see that an amazingly large number of FY44/45 Mustangs built were "alive" for well less than a year (often just a few months). Most of those that survived the mud and the blood of WWII were scrapped or written off before the 1940s ended. Of that small fraction which survived into the 1950s, Korea took care of a good percentage of them. Those that still lived by 1954 or so (a stunningly small percentage considering how many were built) were all out of service in just a couple more years. Sure, you've all seen pics of them buzzing around airshows today, but those are just a minuscule minority of the long-gone Mustang family. So, to my mind, the P-51 is quite forgotten!
Note that I've concentrated solely on those planes that served in the American military, so nothing that was built exclusively for export is listed. I do, of course, try and follow the life histories of those planes that were sold/transferred to foreign users after the Americans were done with them, because they often led very interesting and adventurous lives. I've also not included the early A, B, and C models because none of them made it to the Cold War phase. I do have incomplete pages for these early types in a folder, however, if anyone is interested in seeing them.
And because of the massive number built, I've divided them up into three pages. The main break with the D/Ks is where it seemed logical to split them at the easy-to-remember 44-1xxxx/44-6xxxx line. The H's have their own page. Any issues with this, just let me know.
And as always, none of these pages will be anywhere near complete without the help of my amazing readers! Please pass along your info and together we will shine some light on this old bird.
P-51D/K first group
P-51D second group
Gloster Meteor next? Yes, I think so.