The new kid: Mustang PH-JAT "Trusty Rusty" 20082011
North American P-51D Mustang c/n 122-41463 PH-JAT ("Trusty Rusty") at Lelystad airport in the Netherlands (EHLE) on 20 August 2011 during the Military Aviation Spectacle organized by the Aviodrome Museum based at the airport. The aircraft has been under restoration with the Early Birds association at Lelystad for a number of years and is about to enter the show circuit. The registration PH-JAT has been reserved in the Dutch register, but has not been taken up yet, although the registration is already visible under the horizontal tail. The aircraft was only used to taxi during the show at Lelystad, but its performance was cut short because of a flat tailwheel tyre. US congress appropriated the production of the aircraft in 1944, hence the original tailnumber 44-74923. It was delivered in July 1945 and immediately stored, so it did not see action in WWII. It is now painted to resemble Mustang 44-135578/C5-W "Trusty Rusty" of Capt. Robert Winks of the 364th Fighter Squadron during the period February 1944 until April 1945. The spectators are not interested in Trusty Rusty, but are looking at the approaching Red Bull Lockheed Lightning N25Y.
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