Jack Roush’s P-51B “Old Crow” Now Sports Bombs

One of several P-51 Mustang tributes to Anderson's famous plane, "Old Crow" (Photo Credit: Mustangs Mustangs)

Roush's P-51B Mustang "old Crow" prior to bomb installation. (photo credit: Mustangs Mustangs)
Roush’s P-51B Mustang “old Crow” prior to bomb installation.
(photo credit: Mustangs Mustangs)
Automotive mogul, legendary NASCAR team owner, and noted aviation enthusiast Jack Roush has recently had a pair of dummy bombs installed on his North American P-51B Mustang “Old Crow” NL551E. The plane is painted in the colors and markings of the aircraft flown by celebrated World War Two USAAF “Ace” Clarence E. ‘Bud’ Anderson and the fake bombs are reproductions of the 500 pound high-explosive units that were often fitted to the plane’s underwing racks for ground attack missions during the war.
The original "Old Crow" flown by WWII "Ace" Clarence E. 'Bud' Anderson, loaded for bear.
The original “Old Crow” flown by WWII “Ace” Clarence E. ‘Bud’ Anderson, loaded for bear.

The plane, which is the second “Old Crow” that Roush has created, has taken the additional loading in stride, reportedly the addition of the bombs did not appreciably affect the handling characteristics of the plane while in flight and now loaded with armament, it will more faithfully reproduce the look of the craft when it flew combat missions during its heyday.

LIFT FEB 2020

2 Comments

  1. Jack the airplane is beautiful and Bud is a friend
    I teach a course WWll Warbirds at Young Harris college
    that I would love to send you as there is a picture of that
    beautiful 51B min it I’ll also send the other aviation courses
    that I teach.
    I’m a retired Delta pilot

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