P-51D ‘Miss Ashley’ renamed ‘Trusty Rusty’

Volunteers of the Dutch Early Birds Foundation saw today the first flight of their  restored North American P-51D Mustang from World War II. The aircraft was successfully piloted at Lelystad Airport (EHLE) by Belgian pilot Frederic Vormezeele . The restoration project lasted more than seven years. A dozen volunteers finished  the  tremendous job, so the aircraft ( c/n 44-74923; livery  ‘Trusty Rusty’ C5-W 44-13578, call sign PH-JAT) became airworthy at last.

Dating from the 1945 the P-51D Mustang flew  until 1957 in the U.S. Air Force, and the equipment in the sixties of last century in private hands. Before the aeroplane in 1993 was in the hands of  Early Birds Foundation,  it was called ‘Miss Ashley’ and under that name competing in the Reno Air Races.

Then the aircraft was dismantled, and in 1995 in crates transported to The Netherlands. It was  stored at Schiphol and later at the home of Early Birds at Lelystad Airport were the restauration started in 2004 at the MRO facilities of Wings over Holland.

In March 2011 first engine runs were done.

There are at this moment 3 flying P-51s with a Dutch call sign

P-51D Mustang (former ‘Miss Ashley’ ) flies again

(Image courtesy Leo van der Goot)

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One Response to "P-51D ‘Miss Ashley’ renamed ‘Trusty Rusty’"
  1. Reply Pilots & Planes Military » Already 3 P-51Ds with a Dutch call sign! March 17, 2012 21:43 pm

    [...] PH-JAT “Trusty Rusty”  ( c/n 44-74923; livery “Trusty Rusty” C5-W 44-13578, call sign PH-JAT)  dates from 1945. This P-51D Mustang flew until 1957 in the U.S. Air Force, and the equipment in the sixties of last century in private hands. Before the aeroplane in 1993 was in the hands of Early Birds Foundation, it was called “Miss Ashley” and under that name competing in the Reno Air Races. (Image courtesy Leo van der Goot) [...]

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