Wings of History: A TF-51 Mustang Finds a New Home

After a devastating hurricane, a new addition to a museum’saircraft collection is made.

Rockford, IL – Courtesy Aircraft Sales today announced a very special transaction with the Lone Star Flight Museum.  In 2008, the Lone Star Flight Museum located in Galveston, Texas, sustained massive damage due to Hurricane Ike.  Extreme efforts were made to save the aircraft from harms way.  The aircraft unable to fly out in time received major damage and many of the museum’s exhibits were destroyed.

After months of cleaning debris, with the help of local businesses, the United States Navy and kind donations, significant progress has been made in restoring the museum back to its original condition.  The museum re-opened for business in the beginning of 2009.

Because of the extensive damage to Lone Star’s aircraft collection, Courtesy Aircraft Sales was asked to help President Larry Gregory, find new warbirds to replace those that were lost.  At the end of 2009, NL415ID, a TF-51 Mustang, found a new home in Galveston, Texas.  North American Mustangs are universally known as one of the best aircraft fighters; They significantly helped change the course of WWII because of their excellent performance and long-range capabilities. This specific Mustang is a “TF” version, which are much more rare than the common P-51D Mustang.

The Mustang is scheduled to be used in their Flight Experience Program.  This program allows enthusiasts to experience first hand the thrill of WWII aircraft in flight.  Aircraft  in the Flight Experience Program include a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Mitchell, a T-6 Texan, a PT-17 Stearman and now, the museum’s new TF-51 Mustang.

Courtesy Aircraft Sales participation with the Lone Star Flight Museum and Robert Waltrip, Founder of Lone Star Museum, goes back many years.  Courtesy Aircraft assisted Mr. Waltrip and the museum with a number of transactions including a Harvard MK IV, a Douglas A-20G, a Grumman FM-2, a Grumman F7F-3 and a Lockheed P-38L (Pictured Above).

About Courtesy Aircraft Sales
Courtesy Aircraft was founded in 1957 as a new Cessna aircraft dealership. As years past and business continued to prosper, a new market began to emerge including ex-military trainers, fighters and bombers also known as warbirds.

With the help of President Mark Clark’s strong aviation background and years of sales experience, Courtesy Aircraft has sold over 3,000 aircraft all around the world.  Courtesy Aircraft assists their customers with the aircraft ownership process from start to finish. This includes financing, insurance, training and checkouts as well as ferry and container delivery services worldwide.

With an impressive website for all aviation enthusiasts, with an average of 2,500 sessions  and 97,000 hits per day, www.courtesyaircraft.com has become one of the most popular aviation websites in the world. For further information on Courtesy Aircraft Sales or to view a complete inventory of warbird and civilian aircraft, visit our wesbite today!

For more information, contact:

Mark Clark                                  (800) 426-8783
President                                    (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 sales@courtesyaircraft.com

5233 Falcon Road
Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Darcy Kaapke                             (800) 426-8783
Marketing Director                       (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 darcy@courtesyaircraft.com