P-51D Mustang “Baby Duck”
The P-51 Mustang, “Baby Duck” will fly in formation with the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft. While the Heritage Flight is a memorable sight, seeing the WWII era Mustang as a demonstration will give spectators a better perspective of what some would call the definitive fighter of the ages. The P-51 was a “game changer” for WWII as the Mustang provided critical escort for bombers. The maneuverable Mustang is fast and was a proven champ in dogfights with German fighters. The Foundation P-51D aircraft is currently painted in the markings of Capt. Herbert G. Kolb’s P-51D “Baby Duck”.
Captain Kolb was a West Point graduate who was credited with 14.5 ground kills while serving in the U.S. Army 8th Air Force, 353rd Fighter Group, 350th Fighter Squadron, based at Raydon, England in 1944-45. Five of these kills were attained while flying the original “Baby Duck” aircraft, which was lost in action later in World War II. Vlado Lenoch will fly “Baby Duck” with the F-22 Raptor for an unforgettable performance.
- The P-51 is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War!
- It was designed and built in just 117 days!
- The Mustang first flew with the Royal Air Force as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft!
- The P-51 was in service with Allied air forces in Europe and saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War.
- The Mustang was initially the main fighter during the Korean War, but jet fighters such as the F-86 quickly changed its role!
- The P-51 has 4,950 air kills and 4,131 ground kills!
- The P-51D version was the most widely produced version of the P-51 with nearly 9,600 produced!
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