P-51B Mustang Two-thirds Scale Replica (MJ-7-G)
The North American P-51 Mustang - along with the British Spitfire - capture the imagination of many World War 2 enthusiasts. However, the purchase and operating cost put them out of reach of most people. The late Marcel Jurca of France designed a scaled-down Mustang that could be built by homebuilders.
The Mustang replica is of all-wood construction and uses many components from the aircraft industry. It has a retractable undercarriage and conventional flight control surfaces and flaps. The fuselage, wings and empennage are of sitka spruce framework with a plywood covering and an exterior finish of thin fiberglass. It is powered by a six-cylinder Lycoming aircraft engine.
Although capable of carrying two persons, the Museum’s aircraft has the second seat removed and an additional fuel tank installed. The design represents the earlier P-51B with the high rear fuselage, rather than the more common P-51D with a bubble canopy.
This aircraft was built by Mr. I. J. Baptiste and first flew in New Brunswick in 1981. It was flown for about 25 years by Abbotsford resident, Mr. Joe Daems, who donated the aircraft to the Museum in 2008. It is maintained in flying condition at the Museum.