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North American/Cavalier F-51 Mustang
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No: 1234   Contributor: Ken Collinge   Year: 1975   Manufacturer: North American Aviation   Country: USA
North American/Cavalier F-51 Mustang

North American/Cavalier F-51 Mustang. The US Army procured this aircraft from the US Air Force to serve as a chase plane for testing the Lockheed YAH-56 Cheyenne AAFSS (Advanced Aerial Fire Support System) Helicopter Program. The speed and maneuverability of the F-51 closely matched the Cheyenne making it an ideal camera platform for the observer in the rear seat of the Mustang. This was the first of three Mustangs originally built at the end of WW II and subsequently modernized by Cavalier Aircraft Corporation which are, without doubt, the last of the type in US military service. The engine was a 1,595 horsepower Packard built Rolls-Royce V-1650 Merlin-7. The photograph was taken at what is now the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, Connecticut
Picture added on 22 December 2006
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