This one is for you Clarence…

Aces Flying High

On February 28th, 2015 the Palm Springs Air Museum in California publically unveiled their North American P-51D MustangBunny” (44-7490) after 14 months of restoration and sporting a Tuskagee Airmen “Red Tails” scheme and new nose art of that flown in World War Two by Lieutenant Colonel Bob Friend (a patron of the museum) whilst stationed in Europe with the USAAF332nd Fighter Group. Tuskagee Airmen was the famed name given to the first group of black American pilots and crews in the USAAF in World War Two. Back then it was certainly a different time and the almost 1,000 pilots and 15,000 ground personnel were trained separately from white pilots in Tuskagee, Alabama. These brave men went on to fly 15,500 sorties and earn 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses during the war (the segregation of the United States military did not end until 1948).

Awaiting the grand unveiling of P-51D "Bunny" Palm Springs Air Museum Feb 2015 Awaiting the grand unveiling of P-51D “Bunny”

Awaiting the grand unveiling of P-51D "Bunny" Palm Springs Air Museum Feb 2015 Covered up as a surprise

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