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Warbirds In Review 2019 P-51C-10NT Lopes Hope

In October 2017, P-51C Lope’s Hope 3rd flew for the first time since 1946. The flight took place in Bemidji, Minnesota after an intensive three-year restoration by AirCorps Aviation.  This restoration is based upon P-51C 43-24907, whereas the original Lope’s Hope 3rd was 42-103585. In 2018 it won Warbird Grand Champion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.  This Mustang was restored to represent Lope’s Hope as a tribute to 1st Lieutenant Donald S. Lopez to honor his service in WWII, as a post WWII test pilot in the early jets, and his contributions to the aviation community as Deputy Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Donald and Lope’s Hope 3rd served in the China-Burma-India Theater with the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Squadron. The 75th’s mission throughout its service in China was to establish air superiority and strafe airfields, supplies, and Japanese troop concentrations. The squadron flew from several airfields in China and moved from base to base, depending on the position of the front lines separating the Chinese army and the invaders from Japan. Lt. Lopez flew 101 combat missions and had 5 victories in China. Length 60:00.