Happy Jack’s Go buggy P-51D 44-74452

 
 

Happy Jack’s Go Buggy was acquired by Bruce Winter in Texas and arrived at Midwest Aero in September of 2003.  HJGB was placed in storage until Midwest could turn it’s attention in a full on effort toward completion.  HJGB was truly a time capsule airplane as it  had not flown in  civilian hands since it’s importation to the US from Guatemala where it served as FAG366 with the Guatemalan Air Force.  Bruce initially wanted just a very nice clean restoration as we had done on our other restorations,  but as we dug deeper into this airplane we discovered how truly special it was with regard to it being basically un-touched since it’s production by North American Aviation in 1944!  HJGB was a tremendous learning experience for Midwest as Mustang restorers in trying to replicate as close to possible the way this airplane was produced by NAA all those many years ago. A tremendous amount of documentation was noted during disassembly and that information will be saved and used to further enhance a customers desire for 100% authentic restorations in the future. HJGB was honored at EAA Airventure 2008 with Grand Champion WWII and Midwest Aero’s Seventh Snap on Tools Corporation Golden Wrench Award.  Also in 2008 HJGB was awarded the Rolls Royce Heritage Trophy at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational  in Reno, NV.  That was the second year in a row for Midwest Aero to win the Rolls Royce Heritage Trophy Cripes A Mighty which was completed in 2002 by Midwest competed  Reno in 2007 and won.