North American TF51D Mustang ‘Contrary Mary’ (G-TFSI) | Anglia Aircraft Restorations Ltd.

  • STATUS: Airworthy
  • LOCATION: Duxford
  • OWNER: Anglia Aircraft Restorations Ltd.
  • ROLE: Fighter
  • BUILT: 1944
  • LENGTH: 9.83 m32 ft 3 in
  • WINGSPAN:  11.28 m37 ft 0 in
  • ENGINE: Rolls Royce Packard Merlin V1650-7
  • MAXIMUM SPEED:  440 mph708 km/h
  • RANGE: 1,650 mi 2,656 km

North American TF51D Mustang ‘Contrary Mary’ (G-TFSI) was one of the last Mustangs constructed at North American’s Dallas Plant in 1944 and assigned the serial number 44-84847. Serving with the 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Sqn. At Kimpo, South Korea during  1951 before being shipped back to the U.S to serve with the Air National Guard. In 1999 44-84847 was restored in North Dakota. The following year she was shipped to the UK and joined The Fighter Collection in the colour scheme 55th Fighter Group. Capt. Frank Birciel’s “Miss Velma”. She then moved to new owners Anglia Aircraft Restorations Ltd and now wears the colour of the RAF Duxford based ‘Contrary Mary’.

UPDATE – at the end of the 2023 season ‘Contrary Mary’ was sold and moved to the United States and has been deregistered from the UK CAA Registar.

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