The P-51C Mustang, Betty Jane
The "C" model is a dual control, easily recognizable by it's “razorback” configuration as opposed to the P-51D with its “bubble canopy” that came out later in the war. During the war several of the razorback Mustangs were modified in the field to carry a passenger in a second cockpit just behind the pilot. These former fighter aircraft were used as a high speed transport and gave the Mustang pilot the ability to share the joy of flying the world’s greatest fighter with their trusted ground crews. One of the most famous of these modified two seat fighters was used by Dwight Eisenhower and was named “The Stars Look Down”. Ike rode in the back seat of that Mustang over the beaches of Normandy to direct the invasion during D-Day. The P-51C Mustang Betty Jane, is part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, by the Collings Foundation.