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A68-192 D-FBBD "Big Beautiful Doll"
A68-192     D-FBBD
Air Fighter Academy
Hamburg Germany
P-51 Survivor A68-192 D-FBBD
Crashed 2011
NAA Type:

Serial #:

Registry:
.. past:
CA-18MK.22

A68-192

D-FBBD
  VH-FCB
  PI-C651
  VR-HIU
  G-HAEC

History / Previous Identities:


1951: Mar 08, built, Commenwealth Aircraft Corporation
1951: Mar 08, RAAF, BOC
1957: Mar 15, storage, Tocumwal NSW
1958: Apr 23, RAAF, SOC
1958: Apr 23, surplus, F. Chris Braund, Tamworth NSW
1959: Jun 11, VH-FCB, reg, F. Chris Braund, Tamworth NSW
1961: VH-FCB, sale, Jack McDonald, Moorabin VIC
1964: flown by Jack McDonald in the R.M. Ansett Air Race from Brisbane to Adelaide
1969: PI-C651, George Scholey / James Frounde / Prontino Inc., Phillipines
1969: crashed, Phillipines, forced landing - repaired
1973: Oct 18, crashed, Manila Airport, forced landing
1981: PI-C651, sale, Ray Hanna / Mal Rose / Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, Hong Kong
1985: rebuilt "CV H" by the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company using 44-72917 (ex-Phillippine AF P-51), shipped to UK
1985: VR-HIU, reg, D.E. Baker Partners, Hong Kong
1985: May 1, G-HAEC, reg, Ray Hanna, Duxford UK, flown as "Ding Hao", "Missy Wong from Hong Kong", "RAAF A68-192"
1993: May 11, G-HAEC, sale, Classic Aviation LTD, Basle Switzerland
1997: July 16, G-HAEC, sale, Robert Davies, Woodchurch Ashford UK
2011: Aug 18, G-HAEC, sale, Meier Motors, Germany, New polished fuselage and paint.
2011: Feb, D-FBBD, sale, Air Fighter Factory, Hamburg Germany
2011: Jul 10, D-FBBD, crashed, Duxford Legends Airshow, Duxford UK


P-51 and Skyraider midair collision during formation pass break to land. Pilot of the P-51, Rob Davies, through some incredible flying bailed out successfully at low altitude and is OK. Hard to say from long-distance photos but the P-51 looked heavily damaged from the impact which was on the right side of the belly just in from of the tail. The mid-air impact was very strong sharply moving the tail up and left. The Skyraider was missing several feet off the right wing tip but landed safely. The un-manned P-51 crashed in an empty field. Very, very fortunate that no one was seriously hurt. Kudos to both pilots for their skill after the collision.



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  Image Credits:

  Ben Rogers   Duxford.org  
  Christian Bechir   website  
  Christophe Collin    
  Christopher Heller    
  Doug Fisher   Ron's Archive  
  Dave Welch Collection    
  Ed Trillet    
  Franck Cabrol   Pegasse Air Show Images  
  Gareth Horne   website  
  Gary Parsons   F4 Aviaion  
  Johan Boerman   dapho.nl  
  Jenny Coffey   Airliners.net  
  Kevin Slade    
  Malcolm Clarke    
  Matthias Dorst    
  Paul Dopson   APG Photography  
  Peter Evans    
  Paul Nann   PaulNann.com  
  Russell Clarke    
  Stephen Fox   website  
  Steve Huckvale    
  Stuart Lewis    
  Simon Steel    
  Steve Williams   Airliners.net  

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