"Upupa Epops" P-51D

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    "Upupa Epops" P-51D

    "Upupa Epops", a P-51D-20-NA owned by Paul Allen's Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett, WAm during a flight demo yesterday. Upupa epops is the latin name for a species of bird informally known as the hoopoe. The pilot of the Mustang during WWII, Harrison Tordoff, was an ornithologist before enlisting, and when he was assigned the aircraft in March of 1945, he submitted the name "upupa epops" just to bug the bureaucrats who were responsible for approving aircraft names at that time. He figured the censors wouldn't know what it was, and therefore couldn't deny it. His assumption proved correct, and he flew the plane with that name for the remainder of the war. This is one of very few currently airworthy P-51s that actually saw combat in WWII...







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    super cool shots


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