P.51 'Etta Jeanne II unveiled at Duxford

P.51 'Etta Jeanne II unveiled at Duxford

Postby duxman on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 1:34 pm

Duxford Thursday 30/10/14. P.51D 'Etta Jeanne II was unveiled this morning at Duxford. More details and pictures to follow.

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Re: P.51 'Etta Jeanne II unveiled at Duxford

Postby jimbob1194 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 1:37 pm

That is lovely. Excellent job. Really looking forward to the new plans for the AAM. :clap:
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Postby DanO1978 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 1:44 pm

Stunning. Was this "Big Beautiful Doll" from the IWM London?
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Postby WarbirdTails on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 1:50 pm

Wow! That is stunning, can see why they kept that under wraps!
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Postby jimbob1194 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 1:50 pm

DanO1978 wrote:Stunning. Was this "Big Beautiful Doll" from the IWM London?


Correct.
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Postby DanO1978 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:02 pm

Like the fact that it still looks "lived in" with some battered panels towards the tail especially. :drool:
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Postby Pen Pusher on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:04 pm

P-51 Miss Velma is displaying at 3 o'clock as part of the unveiling event if it's not raining.

The pilot of the original Etta Jeanne II was being interviewed for TV at exactly the same time as he took of from Duxford in the original Etta Jeanne II 70 years ago.

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Postby FTS on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:06 pm

I really like that! I'll take a trip over tomorrow to have a look at it.
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Postby Pen Pusher on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:09 pm

FTS

You're really coming to see the quilt show. :biggrin:

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Postby Rule 27 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:18 pm

DanO1978 wrote:Like the fact that it still looks "lived in" with some battered panels towards the tail especially. :drool:

Isn't it a replica though? :question:
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Postby DanO1978 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:19 pm

Rule 27 wrote:
DanO1978 wrote:Like the fact that it still looks "lived in" with some battered panels towards the tail especially. :drool:

Isn't it a replica though? :question:


Not as far as I know.

Don't forget there's another hanging in the AAM - not sure if that's the real deal.
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Postby Rule 27 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:21 pm

That's the replica, got confused as both are/were coded WZ-x!
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Postby Pen Pusher on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 2:26 pm

The one in the AAM is fibreglass and this one will replace it. The finish is as original as they could get from photographs from the time down to hand painted serial on the tail and the red stripe on nose checkers not being completed on one side.

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Postby tankbuster81 on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 6:33 pm

A beautiful looking aircraft,will make a beeline for this when i visit on the 9th.
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Postby hmeasures on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 6:47 pm

How long will it be 'on the ground' before it gets hung from the ceiling...? I quite fancy a gander next time I'm in.
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Postby Pen Pusher on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 6:52 pm

It will be 'hung' after the AAM refurbishment next year. :biggrin:

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Re: P.51 'Etta Jeanne II unveiled at Duxford

Postby duxman on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 7:05 pm

A few further pictures following the unveiling this morning. The P.51 which was painted as Big Beautiful Doll for many years at Duxford has been repainted in the colours of Etta Jeanne II which was the P.51K mount of Capt Huie Lamb of the American Air Force who was based at Duxford during WW2. His original P.51 named Etta Jeanne 44-63286 was forced to ditch in the North Sea on the 29/12/44 on his first mission from which Huie was lucky to survive.

ImageEtta Jeanne II by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageEtta Jeanne II by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageEtta Jeanne II by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

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Postby Yak 11 Fan on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 8:30 pm

Looks lovely, will be a great shame to see it hanging from the ceiling. I must get to Duxford before they hang it up
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Postby AlexC on Sat 01 Nov 2014, 12:17 pm

Looks superb. I've often wondered if these preserved Mustangs with such highly polished surfaces were authentic, but there is a photo in the Osprey Aviation Elite Units '332nd Fighter Group - Tuskegee Airmen' book showing a crew chief washing the fuselage of a P-51B or C, and his face is very noticeably reflected in the suface, so it must be authentic at least in some cases.
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Postby jalfrezi on Mon 03 Nov 2014, 1:10 pm

It's a shame they never bother to inform Friends of Duxford members about these events, I would have liked to have been there. :sad:
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Re: P.51 'Etta Jeanne II unveiled at Duxford

Postby Mark V on Thu 06 Nov 2014, 9:47 pm

AlexC wrote:Looks superb. I've often wondered if these preserved Mustangs with such highly polished surfaces were authentic

But this one clearly is not 'highly polished'..
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Postby st24 on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 8:05 pm

Pen Pusher wrote:It will be 'hung' after the AAM refurbishment next year. :biggrin:

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Postby Pen Pusher on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 8:26 pm

Sort of. Most will be stored in Air Space for the duration and the last I heard the B-52/B-29 will be moved in and out of the AAM as necessary.

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Postby Smog Monster on Sat 08 Nov 2014, 8:36 pm

Pen Pusher wrote:Sort of. Most will be stored in Air Space for the duration and the last I heard the B-52/B-29 will be moved in and out of the AAM as necessary.

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It'd be nice if the opportunity could be taken to add a few of them to the flight line walk for Legends next year... B29, B17, B25 etc.
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Postby Pen Pusher on Sun 09 Nov 2014, 7:31 am

We've suggested a one day photo shoot with the three Boeing's (B-17, B-29, B-52) with replies along the lines of can't do that, to difficult, that costs money. Mind you the hierarchy at Duxford has changed since we originally suggested it. :whistle: Good luck with getting them on the flight line for any air show.

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