Over the course Spring 2020, one of the most recognizable members of the Aerial Collective fleet, P-51 Mustang G-SHWN a.k.a ‘The Shark’, lost her RAF 112 Squadron colours and a new ‘4th Fighter Group – Debden Eagles’ scheme was applied.
The aircraft returned to the Aircraft Restoration Company hangars at the beginning of April sporting the codes (WD-C / 44-13779).
With a change in imposed flying restrictions and the re-opening of Duxford Airfield for general aviation movements in mid-May, ‘The Blakeslee Mustang’ undertook her first sorties of her new colours at the hands of owner Shaun Patrick.
Mustang G-SHWN was built by North American Aviation in 1945 and served with the USAAF at several training units before being transferred to the Canadian Airforce where it served from 1951 – 1959. It was restored in 1980 as ‘Old Crow’ and went on to star in a number of movies including ‘Memphis Belle.’
We’ll certainly miss the big toothy grin of ‘The Shark’, but we absolutely adore this new scheme. With Debden being just a stone throw away from Duxford Airfield, its exceedingly special that this aircraft now represents a true local warhorse.
We now eagerly await the Aerial Collective debut of ‘The Blakeslee Mustang’. To find out more about our unique range of Mustang flight experiences.
Words: Jack McBride
Photos: George Romain