WALTER VAN TILBORG COLLECTION
No. 13112. Bonsall DB-1 Mustang (G-BDWM c/n PFA073-10200)
Photograph from Bonsall

Bonsall DB-1 Mustang

05/27/2017. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg and Johan Visschedijk: "The DB-1 Mustang was an original design homebuilt single-seat sport aircraft of David Colin Bonsall and externally configured to resemble a scaled-down North American P-51 Mustang WW II fighter. Of wooden construction with fabric covering, the aircraft was fitted with an 180 hp Lycoming O-360-A1AD engine which was recovered from a wrecked Socata TB-10 Tobago. The aircraft was built by Bonsall over a sixteen-year period and registered G-BDMW it was first flown in May 1991. It was finished in D-Day markings worn by the Mustang F.Mk.III, s/n FB226 and coded MT-A, of RAF No. 122 Squadron. G-BDMW won several PFA awards in 1991.

In March 1992, the aircraft was damaged in a forced landing and subsequent nose-over, due to a power loss shortly after takeoff from Netherthorpe airfield. It went into storage for long term repairs and modifications by Bonsall, known as the Mustang Mark 2 it re-appeared in late 2010. It had a more powerful 300 hp Lycoming TIO-540 engine, a prominent dorsal fairing and a recontoured nose. The aircraft was finished in the markings of the P-51D Mustang, s/n 44-14673, coded LH-I, of USAAF 350th FS, and was named Galloping Ghost. It was reflown on January 29, 2011, by August 30, 2013 it had been renamed Rosie.

Created May 27, 2017