US Navy trials with P-51H

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  1. CATCH 22

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    Hi Guys!

    In the Joe Baugher's P-51 Mustang data one can find the following information:
    Are there any existing photos of the above two birds?

    Note: There is a very good source with several photos about the trials with the navalized P-51D (ETF-51D) here:
    The Naval Mustangs
    No photos of the P-51H's though.

    Regards!
    Yves
     
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    The only info I have at all, regarding any of those aircraft, photographs or otherwise, is that 44-64420 crashed in Arizona on 22 November 1950 and two incidents were reported for 44-64192 in California on 18 August 1945 and 4 September 1945. Not sure of the details, though.

    I'm sure someone here has better information or more details for you than I do. :)
     
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    Thank you GG!
    I checked the landing accidents of 44-64192 and the TOAEF of 44-64420 ( the a/c was obviously completely destroyed) but as you already found they were before or after the naval tests. I started checking well known P-51H photos for serial numbers but have no success so far.
    Hopefully someone has a clue...
    Cheers!
     
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    Here's something of interest...

    A book by Nicholas A. Veronico, titled: "Wreckchasing: A Guide To Finding aircraft Crash Sites" has a list of ten wreck sites visited. Included in the ten is a site visited in Arizona of a P-51H, chronicled by author Robert A. Kropp.

    Here's the book's site: WRECKCHASING

    I wonder if they have more information in the book?

    As rare as the P-51H was, it has to be 44-64420!
     
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    No, the Mustang described in the book is TF-51H s/n 44-64697, crashed on Dec. 30-th 1951.

    Thanks anyway!
     
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