“Miss America” 2012

Miss America” is a North American P-51D-30NA Mustang manufactured in Inglewood, California in 1944. She served with the USAAF and Air National Guard until 1958 (sold as surplus for just $3,700!) and was subsequently modified for air racing in the 1960’s. I got to see her fly at the Reno Air Races in 2012. A great event and a beautiful looking aircraft!

North American P-51 Mustang Miss America Unlimited Class Reno Air Races 2012
North American P-51D Mustang “Miss America” at the Reno Air Races in 2012
Miss America P-51D Mustang
Miss America” shines at Reno 2012
Rolls Royce Merlin Miss America P-51D Mustang
Packard-built Rolls Royce Merlin V-1650 – highly modified by Rick Shanholtzer
Rolls Royce Merlin P-51D Mustang
Another view of the magnificent Rolls Royce Merlin
P-51D Mustang Miss America
Stars and Stripes
P-51D "Miss America" takes off Reno Air Races 2012
Miss America” takes off

With a racing speed of 703 kmh /437 mph “Miss America” can really move but it was not enough to win the air races in 2012. There was another Miss America that did win that year though…

Laura Kaeppeler crowned Miss America 2012
Laura Kaeppeler crowned Miss America 2012

 

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