P51 Mustang - 'Big Beautiful Doll'
One of the most colourful and charismatic P51s was lost at Duxford Legends Day on Sunday. During the last event of the day the 'Doll' was in involved in a mid-air collision with another aircrfat in the formation, a Douglas Skyraider. The impact was such that the P51 fuselage was cut almost in two, probably severing the rudder and elevator controls. The pilot immediately started bail out procedures and although the whole episode was below 500ft the P51 pilot managed a successful parachute landing. The P51 is now a large hole in the ground! The Skyraider, missing about four feet of the starboard wing managed to recover controlled flight and carried out a near normal landing. The incident has left a huge hole in the local warbird scene but, most importantly, no one was injured.
The image shows the 'Doll' in happier days.
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