VH-FCB  CAC CA-18 Mustang 22                (c/n  CAC-192-1517)

                                                              
                             
                                     This Australian-built Mustang first appeared on the civil register in 1958.  It had been delivered
                                     to the RAAF in 1951 as A68-192 but, other than some four hours of acceptance/test flying, was
                                     never used by that arm.  When Mr. F.C. ("Chris") Braund (an East West Airlines pilot) bought
                                     it in 1958 it was, then, to all intents and purposes, brand new.  The color shot above from Greg
                                     Banfield was taken at  Coonabarrabran, NSW in November 1965.    Richard Maclean's shot
                                     immediately below shows it at the beginning of the 1964 R.M. Ansett Air Race from Brisbane
                                     to Adelaide, when it was being flown by Jack McDonald. .  Geoff Goodall's shot at the foot of
                                     the page shows it at a very windswept Bankstown in May 1962.      In 1969 it was sold in the
                                     Philippines as PI-C651.         After a landing accident in 1973 the aircraft was shipped to Hong
                                     Kong and rebuilt by the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company and registered in the colony
                                     as VR-HIU.  In actual fact, most of the bits and pieces used in the rebuild came from another
                                     P-51D, 44-72917.   The resultant aircraft went to the U.K. in 1985 and was registered G-HAEC
                                     where it currently remains and is regularly flown on the Air Show circuit as P-51D 44-72218
                                     "Big Beautiful Doll" of the 78th F.G.