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Rare B-Model Berlin Express Mustang Flies Again
December 4, 2014 - A unique and rare restoration that pays tribute to a famous warbird and pilot took flight for the first time in 70 years on November 27 in Utah. The P-51B was restored by Pacific Fighters of Idaho Falls, ID, and features the Berlin Express paint scheme that adorned the airplane World War II Ace Bill Overstreet flew while shooting down a Messerschmitt Me 109 in Nazi-occupied Paris. The 357th Fighter Group pilot became famous for pursuing the German fighter beneath the Eiffel Tower before shooting it down and then eluding enemy anti-aircraft fire on his escape.
The aircraft’s first post-restoration flight was made by pilot John Muszala II, its first time back in the air since June 1944. Owned by Max Chapman, previous owner of the two seat TP-51C Betty Jane (also a product of Pacific Fighters), Warbirdnews.com reports that “it’s likely that Berlin Express will make her presence felt on the air show circuit.”Read the rest of the story about the new Berlin Express.