The Aircraft

The "Old Crow" name came from a brand of Kentucky bourbon first distilled in 1835.  Col. Anderson flew a total of five different aircraft named after this whiskey.  The first was a P-39Q-10-BE Airacobra that was flown during training at Casper Field, Wyoming during 1943.  His second aircraft was a P-51B-5-NA (s/n 43-6723) that was lost on a combat mission while flown by Lt. Albert Boyle.  This Mustang carried the "Old Crow" name below the port side exhaust, stenciled in white.  After this aircraft was lost, he flew another P-51B-7-NA for a short time before receiving his most well known B model, a P-51B-15-NA (s/n 43-24823).  This aircraft carried the distinct "Old Crow" above the exhaust and a Malcolm hood canopy.  

Arguably the most well-known of Col. Anderson's aircraft was his second tour P-51D-10-NA (s/n 44-14450).  This aircraft went through two distinct schemes during this tour.  Both schemes carried the same "Old Crow" design above the exhaust as on the last B model.  For the first part of the tour, this aircraft carried an overall olive drab over medium gray paint scheme.  Invasion stripes were added for the Normandy invasion.  Shortly after the green/gray scheme was removed and the aircraft flew in a bare metal.

Col. Anderson led squadrons in Korea and Vietnam but he did not have another "Old Crow" until "Old Crow II", an F-105D-10-RE Thunderchief

P-39Q-10-BE Airacobra, s/n 42-20746

P-51b-5-na, s/n 43-6723

P-51b-15-na, s/n 43-24823

P-51d-10-na, s/n 44-14450

Special thanks to Jim Anderson for his help with this project

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