Precious Metal – P-51 XR on the Way to the 2014 National Championship Air Races in Reno

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I caught up with Precious Metal and Pilot/Owner Thom Richard this morning as they made their way across Texas in route to Reno Nevada for the 2014 National Championship Air Races. They will be competing in the Unlimited Warbird Racing Class (UWRC) during the event which runs September 10-14, 2014.

Thom Richard downloading flight plan to "Precious Metal's" on board computer.

Pilot Thom Richard downloads flight plan to his modified P-51 XR “Precious Metal”.

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P-51D “Millie G” Visits KADS Addison, Texas

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P-51 Mustang on display at CFM in Addison, Texas

Trent Latshaw’s P-51D the Millie G Displayed at CFM in February 2014

Trent Latshaw’s beautiful North American P-51D Mustang, the “Millie G”, was briefly on display at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas when I visited in February of 2014. This aircraft is a replica of the original Millie G* (44-72123) flown by Maj. Edward Giller.

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Cavanaugh’s F9F-2B Panther Gets a Day in the Sun

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Around seventeen years ago Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s F9F-2B Panther jet became a little more precious, some have said she became priceless.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum's Grumman F9F-2B Panther

CFM’s Panther displayed outside for the first time in 10 + years

In was 1993 when the museum acquired the Panther, Bureau No. 123078, and then put it through a 25,000 man hour restoration bringing it back to its original flying condition. Since the restoration the Panther received “Grand Champion Warbird” titles at the 1995 E.A.A. Sun-N-Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, FL and the 1995 E.A.A. Fly-In in Oshkosh WI.

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