GRAND CHAMPION | EAA AIRVENTURE 2018
Lope’s Hope 3rd was 42-103585, a P-51C-5NT Mustang assigned to Lieutenant Donald Lopez. At the time he was assigned to the 75th Squadron of the 23rd Fighter Group, 14th Air Force. Lt. Lopez had 1 damaged and one confirmed victory in Lope’s Hope 3rd and 5 confirmed victories overall.
Lope’s Hope 3rd was a P-51C flown by Lt. Donald Lopez. Donald and Lope’s Hope 3rd served in the China-Burma-India theater with the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Squadron. The 23rd Fighter Group was the descendent of the famous American Volunteer Group or Flying Tigers after the US entered the war…Read More
Lope’s Hope 3rd is housed at the Dakota Territory Museum.
Located in Minot, North Dakota.
“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.”