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P-51D Mustang – Miss Kitty III

Miss Kitty III

PREMIER P-51D MUSTANG RESTORATION
HONORING MEN & MUSTANGS OF THE 75TH
FIGHTER SQUADRON

ABOUT MISS KITTY

North American P-51D 44-73437 received the paint scheme of ‘Miss Kitty III’, USAAF 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group, based in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War Two. This immaculate Mustang, which was restored by Casey, Haley, and Brady Odegaard, Odegaard Wings, and AirCorps Aviation, first flew in 2019.

HISTORY

Miss Kitty III was named by Capt. J. D. Rosenbaum of the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group. Captain Rosenbaum was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters to his Air Medal, the Legion of Merit, and was honored with pilot’s wings by France and China for service to their air forces. The Miss Kitty namesake and lineage started with a P-40N, then the two P-51s, Miss Kitty II and III, and ended with an F-86 during the Korean war which was named Mrs. Kitty because by then Miss Lavinia “Kitty” Harris had become Mrs. Lavinia “Kitty” Rosenbaum.

NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION
P-51D MUSTANG SPECIFICATIONS

  • MANUFACTURED: March 20, 1945
  • ENGINE: One Packard-built Rolls-Royce “Merlin” V-1650-7 – 1,695 hp
  • PROPELLER: Hamilton Standard, 11’2 inch 4 blade (hydraulic)
  • LENGTH: 32 ft 3 in
  • HEIGHT: 13 ft 4.5 in
  • WINGSPAN: 37 ft
  • WEIGHT: 7635 lbs, Max Takeoff 12,100 lbs
  • RANGE: 950 miles – 1,650 miles with external tanks
  • SERVICE CEILING: 41,900 ft
  • MAX SPEED: 440 mph / 708 kph

DAKOTA TERRITORY MUSEUM

Miss Kitty III and sister ship Lope’s Hope 3rd are housed at the Dakota Territory Museum located in Minot, North Dakota.

IN HONOR OF CAPTAIN JOHN "ROSIE" ROSENBAUM

A Midwest farm kid who could have played professional basketball instead gallantly served his country in the USAF for 31 years. September 21, 1923 - November 13, 2007

 

“The beauty of the clouds and the sun was surpassed only by the shadows of the airplanes on the clouds surrounded by a rainbow halo. If I had to do only one thing for the rest of my life, I think that would be it. It was what heaven should be like for fighter pilots.”

Donald S. Lopez, Into the Teeth of the Tiger

AIRCRAFT STORYBOARDS, RESTORATION UPDATES & PHOTOS

We have created numerous print materials highlighting the story and history of Miss Kitty.
Warbirds Digest
Warbirds Magazine