4 Squadron's NZ 2429

NZ 2429 was P-51D-25-NT s/n 45-11521 and was used by the New Zealand Territorial Air Force's 4 (Otago) Squadron based in Taieri. It was received by the squadron on September 6, 1951 and used until February 27, 1953 when F/O T. C. Beech had to force-land it on Santoft beach near Raumai. The aircraft could have been salvaged but the days of the Mustang were coming to an end and instead it was used as a gunnery target. Note that it did not carry the typical checkerboard squadron markings of TAF Mustangs.

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