Below you will enjoy another set of close-ups showing another P-51D preserved in Europe. It is former Italian Air Force MM4323, a P-51D-25-NA that was delivered to Italy during November 1950. The longest serving Mustang of the Italian Air Force, it performed its last flight as late as 30th September 1964 (!).The aircraft is now on display at Vigna di Valle near Rome, Italy and is part of a great collection of mainly military aircraft, among them ultra-rare types.
For a long time it has been assumed that the US-serial of this aircraft was 44-73444, but new investigations have given proof that the true identity of this P-51D in fact is 44-73451 - also see the "Radio-Call" plate in the cockpit shots below !
The 'walkaround' photographs below were kindly provided by and are © of Mike Shreeve:
Overall view, starboard front side
Overall view, port front side
Spinner detail, port side
Lower engine cowlings, port side
Lower engine cowlings, starboard side
Spinner details, starboard side
Wheel doors and radiator intake
Canopy, center fuselage and wing root, starboard side
Canopy, center fuselage and wing root, port side
Wheel well, radiator intake and landing light, port side
Wheel well and landing gear strut, starboard side
Gun ports, bomb shackle and landing gear starboard side - note that the inner two barrels are faired over.
Overhead view, port side
Engine cowlings and exhaust details, port side
Center fuselage and wing root details, incl. General's pennant
Canopy details - note unusual installation of DFF antenna !
Details of fuselage markings, port side
Port wing details
Rear fuselage, port side
Empennage, port side
The following cockpit detail photographs were kindly provided by and are © of Alessandro Taffetani:
Instrument panel overview - note additional radio controls where the K-14 gunsight usually was installed.
Details of instrument panel, starboard side
Details of instrument panel, port side
Details of instruments, plus oxygen regulator and canopy release handle
Cockpit port side, with trim wheels and carebuttor controls
Cockpit, starboard side, with oxygen hose and canopy crank handle
Center console with control column and fuel tank selector
Detail of DFF antenna installed behind pilot's seat
Another view of center console with fuel tank selector - note the aircraft callsign "BOSCA-11"
This photographs shows MM4323 while still in service - note the fuselage code at this time was "ZR-11", compared to the "RR-11" code it is now on display with.
A rare color shot of this aircraft, still coded "ZR-11".
An interesting photograph, showing MM4323 being prepared for display at the museum. This photograph was taken somewhen in the early 70's.
© Martin Kyburz / Swiss Mustangs 2003 - 2008