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Bill Whisner’s Ponies

March 5, 2021 · in Aviation · · 14 · 1.8K

to do 352nd FG ace Bill Whisner's "Princess Elizabeth," a name he put on to celebrate the visit to the group by Princess Eilzabeth, later Elizabeth II. That fall, he traded up to a -10 he named "Moonbeam McSwine" after an Al Capp character in the comic strip "L'il Abner," which was very popular at the time. kit for this. Superscale decals for both.

Pete Regina's P-51B "restoration" (a P-51B wing mated to a highly modified P-51D fuselage) has now flown as "Princess Elizabeth" for several years. There's also a warbird flying as "Moonbeam McSwine."

I filled the panel lines of the wing for "Princess Elizabeth," but for the effort involved I don't think it was all that great when completed.

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  1. Great build, Tom @tcinla
    I love that blue nose of 352nd

  2. Those are beautiful models of beautiful airplanes ! Great work, Tom @tcinla

  3. All great, Tom.

  4. Love your Mustangs Tom, they just keep getting better and better.

  5. Really like these especially the B.

  6. A great pair of Ponys!

  7. Nice looking Mustangs.

  8. A piece of art as usual. Attached 2 pictures I took in Duxford back in 97 of the 'Princess Elisabeth'. I believe it was one of her first flight in Europe after being purchased by Stephen Grey.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  9. Great job as usual, Tom. I always loved the wartime photos of Whisner. I was stationed at England AFB, LA in 1989 when he died and I saw his obit in the local paper.. He was living in Pineville, La (right next door to Alexandria) at the time. He was stung by a yellow jacket wasp while working in his yard and died of anaphylactic shock. A damn wasp...after WWII and Korea...

    • It's always ironic about the guys who survive a war or two out on the sharp end and end up buying it for some really dumb thing. Kurt Welter survived the whole war, flew Me-262s at night, and in 1946 he was driving (too fast to stop) down a country lane when a farmer in the side field pulled out with his horse drawn hay wagon, which Welter crashed into and broke his neck impacting the steering and instrument panel.

      I know of three guys who became aces in WW2 and got put into training command when they finished their tour, where they died in a crash only months later with a ham-handed student in a trainer.

  10. Really nice job on the Mustangs. I had contemplated building what ultimately became my version of the “Shangri-La “ as an NMF B Mustang named the “Berlin Express,” but the decals were unavailable.

  11. Two nice Mustangs! Great work.

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