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    Default Contrary Mary

    Back in the mid to late '80's, Jimmie Hunt had a P-51 (N5551D) painted up as "Contrary Mary". The paint scheme appears to have been a 'pseudo' 78th Fighter Group job. It had the black & white checkerboard nose with red trim of the "Duxford gang"...and the code WZ-I (which was actually the code for "Big Beautiful Doll" from the 84th FS) But the rudder was black & white checkerboard as well, which doesn't match with the colors of the 82nd, 83rd, or 84th Fighter Squadrons of the 78th. It also had a yellow canopy rail.

    Does anyone know if Contrary Mary was a real airplane during the war? Was this a 'real' paint job, or was it just a close approximation with a few artistic liberties taken? It was very striking...but I want to know if any planes in the 78th actually had those color combinations.

    Speeddemon

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    Default Re: Contrary Mary

    "Contrary Mary" was an actual wartime Mustang. This contemporary rendering did have several inaccuracies, as you pointed out.
    V. Lenoch

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    Thank you, Vlado.

    Does anyone have pictures of the real wartime "Contrary Mary", or at least tell me what squadron she was in (82nd, 83rd, or 84th) and who her pilot was?

    Speeddemon

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    Default Re: Contrary Mary

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Thank you, Vlado.

    Does anyone have pictures of the real wartime "Contrary Mary", or at least tell me what squadron she was in (82nd, 83rd, or 84th) and who her pilot was?

    Speeddemon
    Speed... figuring you lost yer password, I had the board software email you a PW reminder..

    Wayne

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    I think I have several photos of it, I'll have to check.

    Jimmie is my x father-in-law and I have had many fun times with the airplane.

    The paint scheme was original and was researched extensively. The guy who fly it in the war was in the 84th FS and was transferred. Instead of repainting it, the checker board on the nose was extended back to the windshield and added to the tail.

    The aircraft is now in the San Diego Aerospace museum and is painted in the colors of the Tuskegee Airman.

    Sorry for the unregistered, can't remember my password.

    Chip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Sorry for the unregistered, can't remember my password.
    No problem and thanks for the info Chipster... password reminder in the mail at yer work account...

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Thank you, Vlado.

    Does anyone have pictures of the real wartime "Contrary Mary", or at least tell me what squadron she was in (82nd, 83rd, or 84th) and who her pilot was?

    Speeddemon
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