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Scott B Smith-World War II Warbird P 51C Fighter Photos-039.tif
The Collings Foundation’s Mustang #42-103293 “Betty Jane” was built in Dallas, TX. #42-103293 went though a meticulous restoration from 2000 to 2004. During restoration the Mustang was rebuilt as a two-seat version of the P-51C. The two-seat P-51C was a field modification that added a second seat for use as a high-speed transport and to allow ground crew to fly. At least five P-51B/Cs were converted during WWII for VIP transport. One of the most famous of these modified two seat fighters was used by Dwight Eisenhower and was named “The Stars Look Down”. Ike rode in the back seat of that Mustang over the beaches of Normandy to direct the invasion during D-Day. The Collings Foundation’s Dual Control TP-51C “Betty Jane” is the only one of its type in existence today that features a full set of dual controls.