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North American P51-K 1946

“Frenesi” was an F-6K and was sold surplus immediately following WWII, registered as NX66111, the aircraft was entered into the 1946 Cleveland Air Races as racer No.80 “Full House”, but its engine failed and was forced to crash-land.


By 2009, the project was sold to Dan Friedkin, now registered as N357FG.


The aircraft has now emerged in early 2017, resplendent and flying again in the markings of “Frenesi”.


P-51D-5-NA #44-13318 “Frenesi” was flown by Lt. Col. Thomas L. Hayes, Jr. Hayes got his pilot’s wings in February 1941 and flew P-40s with the 17th Pursuit Squadron. He was shot down and wounded in February 1942.


After recovering from his wounds, he was assigned to the 35th Fighter Group, flying P-39s and P-400s. While in this unit, he was credited with two Japanese aircraft destroyed on the ground.


He later joined the 357th Fighter Group and took command of the 364th Fighter Squadron in May 1943.


He was credited with 8.5 aerial victories and 2 ground victories.

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Taken on July 8, 2017