P-51 Mustang

Swamp Fox

The P-51 Mustang “Swamp Fox” P-51D, serial number 44-74202, is flown by RT Dickson Jr. RT displays Swamp Fox P-51 through a high-energy, low-altitude warbird aerobatic demonstration. The demonstration displays the power and performance of the P-51 through tactical and aerobatic maneuvering.

Tail no. 44-74202 was manufactured by North American Aviation and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force on May 7, 1945. It was first assigned to 445th Fighter Squadron at Bakersfield Army Air Field, California, before being transferred to more than a half-dozen units in California, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas. It arrived at the Kentucky Air Guard in July 1953 and remained there until October 1956, when it was moved to McClellan Air Force Base, California. The following year, it was declared surplus property.

The aircraft was purchased at auction by a private individual in 1957 and the plane changed hands several times, although it remained unflyable until a major restoration project returned it to the air in 2012. Painted as Swamp Fox, it honors World War II pilot Will Foard, who was a member of the 357th Fighter Group.