Richmond residents purchased enough government bonds in a bond drive during World War II, to purchase this fighter plane. The plane is a North American P-51 Mustang Fighter. The P-51 Mustangs were in service with the United States Army Air Forces and the British Army Cooperation command.
These planes were:
The first airplanes built on the basis of World War II combat knowledge
The first U.S. fighters to cross the English Channel into occupied Europe after the fall of France
The first single-engine airplanes based in Britain to penetrate Germany
The first single-engine fighters to escort bombers from England on a raid which penetrated Berlin's defense circle, the deepest thrust ever made by allied fighters
Equipped with a Rolls-Royce engine, the Mustangs, according to the Office of War Information, have "the highest ceiling and the highest speed of any fighter in existence"