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    Default Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    Does anyone have any photos of Precious Baby Race 15 that raced Reno in 1970-75 that you would be willing to share?

    I will make sure to give you the credit!

    John the owner invited my daughter and grandsons into his awesome
    "Man Cave" the other day to check everything out.

    Classy guy, I really appreciated that kind gesture.

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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    This was before my time, but I think this airplane was modified as a Racer, and did have a race number, but never actually raced. I'm not sure it ever flew with the Allison.

    Neal

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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    *My Air Race Site*

    Reno from '99 to '19

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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    The D'Alessandris family had twin matching Mustangs in the early 1970's, and later the registrations were officially changed between them.
    This one is the one that had been modified with an Allison engine for a while but was changed back to a Merlin.
    cleared up by Jim.
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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    "Precious Baby" was applied to the cowling in 1974.
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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    Thank you gentlemen. I forwarded them with your names to John.


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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Moer View Post
    The D'Alessandris family had twin matching Mustangs in the early 1970's, and later the registrations were officially changed between them.
    This one is the one that had been modified with an Allison engine for a while but was changed back to a Merlin.
    I don't see anywhere that it had been named "Precious Baby" before currently.
    Hello Lon and Brad,

    I forwarded the photos to John and said the second one of his dad he had never seen before. What's the chances of you sending me higher res ones. He'd love to frame them and hang in his hanger.

    Kind regards

    Hans
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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    Lon and Brad email from John D.

    Hans,
    Beautiful pics!
    2nd pic I had never seen, will print and frame all!
    Thank you,
    John A. D?Alessandris

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    Default Re: Photos of Precious Baby P51D at Reno in 1970-75

    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Moer View Post
    The D'Alessandris family had twin matching Mustangs in the early 1970's, and later the registrations were officially changed between them.
    This one is the one that had been modified with an Allison engine for a while but was changed back to a Merlin.
    cleared up by Jim.
    The photo showing both Mustangs cleared up some confusion. Thank you.

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