Mustangs, Mitchells, Catalinas, Flying Fortresses, Liberators, Corsairs. Combat aircraft that were everyday companions to airmen in the World War II generation have become extraordinary treasures to many in the next: symbols of the courage and sacrifice that even younger generations have come to regard as part of the national identity. The United States produced more than 300,000 airplanes in World War II.
Museums across the country have preserved and display these airplanes; some are exhibited in public spaces like Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, where a solitary F4F Wildcat honors Navy Medal of Honor winner Butch O’Hare.
One of our customers came in and wanted special decals for a World War Two fighter plane, North American P-51 Mustang. The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission.
What does P 51 stand for?
In 1948, the designation P-51 (P for pursuit) was changed to F-51 (F for fighter) and the existing F designator for photographic reconnaissance aircraft was dropped because of a new designation scheme throughout the USAF.
Our customer wanted two decals on the plane. He called it a flying memorial for a good friend that passed away, Capt, Bill “Papa” Jenson and the other decal (the other side of the plane) is for his wife ‘Geri”. Most pilots from WW2 named their planes after their girlfriends or wife.
To do the plane decal we did the following: We use vinyl material and cut and weed out the letters. We put this on application tape. The customer then applied the letters to the plane. The plane was at his place. If you are interested in vehicle lettering or number, check out our website at unltdsigns.com