The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during WW2 and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The prototype was rolled out on 9 September 1940, just 102 days after the contract was signed.

From late 1943, P-51s were used by the USAAF to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF and the USAAF’s used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed to have destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft.

Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. They later became popular civilian warbird and air racing aircraft which means a few hundred flying examples still remain.

We used three P51s for the George Lucas “Red Tails”, filmed in Czech Republic. All three examples were not only flown across Europe to reach location but each received multiple identity changes over a 5 week shoot schedule. Very full on with the paperwork I recall!

Several examples are still flying in UK and close Europe. If you think one might fit the bill for your Production then give us a call to discuss!

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17th July 2019

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17th July 2019

Enjoyed working on this one, I suspect it’ll be a blast... https://twitter.com/universaluk/status/1146771956458557445

13th July 2019

RT @Hoddy1982: One of the craziest take offs Iv ever seen https://t.co/EKUYJACo5x

10th July 2019

If you like a bit of C130 action. We looked after this one a few weeks ago in the rain of Southern California. #filmproduction #washablepaint #temporaryaircraftpaint #c130 Hyundai VENUE : Urban Vibes https://youtu.be/xHp0R14_sRY via @YouTube https://t.co/dXhfa5m6sn

10th July 2019

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8th July 2019

RT @SEREF737: Eurocopter Tiger.🚁 https://t.co/yWneQCFu2Y

6th July 2019

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5th July 2019

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5th July 2019

BBQ at an old mates house. England in the summertime surely must be the best place in the world. Such a crushing shame about the 361 days either side of that summer... #ukflying #alouette #bbq #summerfun https://t.co/fUESMdEpam

3rd July 2019

Filming on/in/around Airliners. The most common request we receive is that of a production wishing to film inside an airliner. Be that…
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