Cavalier Mustang 2 NL405HC, an ex-Salvadorean Air Force COIN aircraft now operated by Bilema of Sweden, pictured getting its gear up after taking off at Duxford Flying Legends in 2009. In 1967 and 1968 Cavalier produced Mustang 2 ground attack and counter insurgency aircraft by remanufacturing retired USAF F-51D airframes and fitting more powerful Merlins along with wingtip fuel tanks and extra underwing hardpoints for stores. An enlarged fin was fitted to counter the increased swing on take-off. On return to civilian operation the wingtip tanks and hardpoints were removed and extra fuel tankage and a luggage locker located in the gun and ammunition bays. Unfortunately details of its original USAF identity were lost during its conversion by Cavalier. NL405C, ex Salvadorean FAS-405, is now the only flying example of a Mustang 2.
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