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Home Base: Oklahoma City, OK
Operation: Western, Central and Eastern USA
Model: P-51D-30-NA
Wing Span:
32' 0" clipped
Length: 32' 2"
Height: 13' 8"
Max Speed: 505 mph
Gross Weight: 10,500 lbs
Power Plant: Rolls-Royce Merlin V-1650-7
Horsepower: 1,490
Fuel Capacity: 184 gallons
Armament: none

Dr. Brent Hisey's North American P-51D Mustang "Miss America"



Dr. Brent Hisey
, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, owns and operates this beautiful North American P-51D Mustang "Miss America" that is available for airshows, flybys and film. Miss America is also a regular unlimited racer at the Reno National Championship Air Races.

Miss America was born in Inglewood, California in 1944 and is a modified North American P-51D-30-NA Mustang, USAAF serial number 44-74536. Her wingspan is clipped to thirty-two feet, a mere two inches less than her length. She is thirteen feet eight inches high. Empty, she weighs 7000 pounds, but at normal gross takeoff weight, she weighs in at 9,600.

Miss America is currently powered by a Packard-built Rolls Royce Merlin V-1650-7, a finely-tuned "stock" engine formerly capable of 1490 hp, except when tweaked for racing, where it develops 3000 hp - twice the power it was initially designed to produce some fifty years earlier.

Gene Clay, Chief Designer of North American designed the now famous paint scheme in Honor of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. In 1969, N991R Howie Keefe/Keefe Corp, bought the the plane for $25,000 and named her "Miss America", received race #11 and won 6th place in the Transcon Race to Reno and 4th place in Reno's Unlimited Medallion class at 315 mph. In the same year Miss America set a World Speed Record: LA to Washington, D.C. in 6 hours and 21 minutes (average: 412 mph).

In 1981, Ron & Janette Smythe, Everett, WA, bought Miss A for $ 200,000. The deal was made at Reno after announcement via loudspeaker, that Miss A is for sale. In 1983, Rookie Bud Granley was Miss America's pilot at Reno and won a race on the Thursday.

Dr. Brent Hisey, Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City, OK has been the proud owner of Miss America since 1993. She has competed in the unlimited class at the Reno National Championship Air Races since 1969 - a period of thirty-one years - thirty-five years if you include her prior racing history in the hands of other owners and is a 5 time Unlimited Class National Air Racing Champion.

Miss America is one of the fastest, most beautiful and certainly most recognizable airplanes in the world. Since 1966, Miss America has traveled all over the United States, serving as a symbol of freedom and liberty.

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