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P-51 MUSTANG/44-10947

P-51 Mustang 44-10947

Serial #: 44-10947
Construction #: 111-29080
Civil Registration:
  NX1202
  N1202
  Model:
  P-51C-10-NT Mustang
Name: Excaliber III
Status: Display
Last info: 2012

History:
Delivered to U.S. Army Air Force as 44-10947, 19??.
- Put up for disposal at Stillwater AFB, Ok, February 19, 1946.
Paul Mantz, Glendale, CA, February 19, 1946.
Paul Mantz, Los Angeles, CA, August 9, 1946-1950.
- Registered as NX1202.
- Flew as Bendix racer #46/Excaliber III (later #60/Houstonian)
- Won the Bendix Trophy races in 1946& 1947.
- Placed 2nd in Bendix Trophy race, 1948.
- Placed 3rd in Bendix Trophy race, 1949.
- Set coast-to-coast speed record, 1947.
Charles F. Blair, New York, NY, May 27, 1950-1952.
- Registered as N1202.
- Flew as Stormy Petrel (later Excaliber III).
- Made record NY-London Flight, 7hours and 48minutes, January 31, 1951.
- Made first trans-polar flight from Norway to Fairbanks, AK, May 29, 1951.
Smithsonian Institute/NASM, Silver Hill, MD, 1974-2002.
- Loaned to California Museum of Science & Industry, Los Angeles, CA, 1988-2001.
- Returned to NASM and stored, May 18, 2001.
NASM/Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Dulles Airport, VA, 2003-2012.
- Displayed in the Boeing Aviation hanger as Excaliber III, suspended from ceiling.

P-51 Mustang 44-10947

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Federal Aviation Administration, 2011.
Joe Baugher's Serial Numbers Page
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-5th Edition, 2008.
Photo Source(s):
Bill Kistler.
Bill Larkins
Research Assistance:

None

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