Ranieri Cupini's MM4323

P-51D-25-NA serial number 44-73451 was received by the Aeronautica Militare in November 1950 and received the Italian serial MM4323. It was General Ranieri Cupini's personal mount, which he flew until 1953. It carries the General's personal badge. It was also the longest-serving Mustang in the italian Air Force, performing its last flight on September 30, 1964. It has been on display at the Italian Air Force Museum at Vigna di Valle since 1984.

Pictures of the aircraft during its operational career show it carrying the code ZR*11, and not RR*11.

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Note the unusual cockpit arrangement, including a DF radio antenna behind the pilot.




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