P51 Mustang See a US military veteran fly once again at the Airshow on Saturday 27 July at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune. A military start to service Jumpin Jacques is a P-51D-20-NA model, built at the Inglewood facility in California, USA. It was accepted by the United States Air Force (USAF) on 21 December 1944 as 44-720035. In January 1945, she was assigned to the 15th Air Force based in Italy. After the Second World War, she returned to the USA for continued service. In storage for a couple of years, and subsequently overhauled, in 1948 she was assigned to the 125th Fighter Squadron, based at Tulsa. The unit was amongst several placed on Red Alert in response to heightened tension at the beginning of the Korean War in 1950. From USA to Colombia and return to Europe In March 1953, she was released from active duty with USAF, and with her military career over, she was placed in storage in Sacramento, California. She was sold in 1957 to Whiteman Enterprises and registered with her new civilian US registration, N5411V. She remained under them until 1981, when she was sold to a new owner in Colombia. After eight years in Colombia she was exported to France where she was owned and operated by Jacques Bourret, based at St Rambert, France. When looking for a colour scheme for her, Jacques Bourret came across a photo of Mustang named Jumpin Jacques and couldn't resist adopting this as the new colour scheme. The original Jumpin Jacques was flown by Lt Jacque Young of the 3rd Fighter Squadron based in the Philippines. Jumpin Jacques at East Fortune Over the years Jumpin Jacques has appeared at many airshows across Europe and with her gleaming polished exterior has become a firm favourite. She has appeared at East Fortune in 2009 and in 2012. Jumpin Jacques has never had a major rebuild and is almost totally original as built in 1944, which makes her a rare and special P51 Mustang. She still carries evidence of her battle scars with repairs just behind the pilot's positions on both sides of the fuselage, and puncture repairs to the fin. Please note all information is correct at the time of publishing. Flights and timings are subject to change, prevailing weather conditions and operational requirements. Pre-booked tickets Book before 27 July and save 15%. You can book online, by telephone on 0300 123 6789 or in person at any of our sites Airshow pages Booking tickets Stars of the Show Airshow blog posts Directions Hints and Tips P51 Mustang Fact File Crew: 1 Max speed: 703 km/h Length: 9.83m Wingspan: 11.28m Height: 4.08m Powerplant: 1 x Packard V-1650-7 liquid-cooled supercharged V-12 Watch Jumpin Jacques in 2009 National Museums Scotland is not responsible for the content of this video but it has been selected as it is relevant to the Airshow at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.