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P-51 Mustang Warbirds (Paperback)

Aviation > Post-WWII Aviation

By Jim Dunn, David Leininger, Nicholas A. Veronico
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781802823011
Published: 18th January 2023

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This fascinating story begins with post-World War Two sales of surplus Mustangs to various foreign governments and a few civilian customers. More than a decade later, in 1957 and 1958, the US Air Force auctioned off its remaining inventory of P-51s. These Mustangs became high-speed executive transports in the days before the introduction of the LearJet and other corporate aircraft. Soon after, in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, as the warbird movement was gaining traction, many of the remaining Mustangs came onto the civilian market. Today, these warbirds are the stars of airshows around the world. The effort to restore them to as close to their original wartime condition as possible has reached new levels of authenticity. With over 140 images, accompanied by service histories, this book shows the fighters where they should be seen – in the air.

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About Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn is a freelance aviation photojournalist from Sacramento, California. Since 1982, he has contributed to numerous aviation magazines including Air Classics, Air Fan, Air International, AirForces Monthly, and Combat Aircraft. A Vietnam-era US Air Force veteran (1971-1975), he has co-authored six books on current military aviation subjects. He served as the Executive Secretary of the McClellan Aviation Museum (1986-1994) and has a strong interest in aviation history and aircraft preservation.
Jim Dunn and Nicholas A. Veronico have collaborated on several publications in the past, including Giant Cargo Planes (Motorbooks Intl, 1999), 21st Century U.S. Air Power (Motorbooks Intl, 2004), and Boneyard Nose Art (Stackpole Books, 2013).



About Nicholas A. Veronico

Nicholas A. Veronico is an award-winning author of more than 40 books on military, transportation, local history, and art history subjects. Most recently, he served as public affairs officer for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (known as SOFIA) – a highly modified Boeing 747SP fitted with a 106-inch diameter infrared telescope used for astrophysics research. He was a crew member on 79 airborne science missions. His most recent books include Air Force One: The Aircraft of the Modern U.S. Presidency (with the late Robert F. Dorr), Pearl Harbor Air Raid, and D-Day: The Air and Sea Invasion of Normandy in Photos.
Veronico has co-authored three previous books on military aircraft storage including Military Aircraft Boneyards (Zenith Press, 2000), AMARG: America’s Military Aircraft Boneyard (Specialty Press, 2010), and Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. Military Aircraft Markings and Artwork (Stackpole Books, 2013).
 
Jim Dunn and Nicholas A. Veronico have collaborated on several publications in the past, including Giant Cargo Planes (Motorbooks Intl, 1999), 21st Century U.S. Air Power (Motorbooks Intl, 2004), and Boneyard Nose Art (Stackpole Books, 2013).

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