This heavily-modified North American P-51C has quite a history. It was first owned by Hollywood stunt pilot legend and racer Paul Mantz, who used it to win the Bendix air races in 1946 and 1947 before setting a transcontinental speed record with it. Mantz then sold it to Charles Blair, who used it to set more speed records on flights from New York to London and from Norway across the North Pole to Alaska. Grumman F6F Hellcat.
Grumman G-22 aerobatic plane, once flown by Al Williams, air show pilot for Gulf Oil. He last flew it on it's final flight into Washington National Airport for donation to the Smithsonian in 1948.
Republic P-47 on one side:
Kawanishi N1K2 Shiden Kai "George" behind that.
Lockheed P-38J, shown in it's "preserved, not restored" condition to reflect the way that she looked when she came out of storage.
Hawker Hurricane that Old AFSarge and I both drooled over for a while.
And speaking of aviation gems that just beg to be flown, This ultra-rare P-61 "Black Widow", still wearing her old NACA colors, has a special spot in the collection...and in my heart.
Nakajima J1N1 "Irving" night-fighter, the only one still existing.
There will be more later. Stay tuned. And special thanks goes out to OldAFSarge's incredibly tolerant wife and daughter for gamely putting up with us all morning as OldAFSarge and I ran around like two hungry fat kids in a candy store.