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Dago Red

Dago Red
Role Unlimited class racing aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer North American
Designer Frank Taylor
First flight 1981
Number built 1 converted
Developed from North American P-51 Mustang

Dago Red is a North American P-51 Mustang (44-74996), restored as a competitive air racer by Frank Taylor in 1981. Dago Red holds several world records, including the 15 km (517.323 mph) set in 1983. Frank Taylor piloted the plane to most of its world records in the 1980s.


  • Six time winner of the National Championship Air Races (1982, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003)
  • Mojave, California 1983 - World Speed Record 15 km (517.323 mph)
  • Unlimited Reno Air Races 1982 - Gold Winner
  • Reno Air Races 2003 - Thompson Trophy, Fastest Lap (512.164 mph), Fastest Race (507.105 mph)
  • Reno Air Races 2001 - Fastest Qualifying Speed (497.797 mph)


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 32 ft 3 in (9.83 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 3 in (9.84 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 0 in (3.96 m)
  • Wing area: 150 sq ft (14 m2)
  • Empty weight: 7,200 lb (3,266 kg)
  • Gross weight: 7,800 lb (3,538 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8,500 lb (3,856 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine race tuned
  • Propellers: 4-bladed Hamilton Standard paddle bladed propeller


  • Maximum speed: 452 kn; 837 km/h (520 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (14,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 8,000 ft/min (41 m/s)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

  • Reno Air Racing Association
  • P-51 Mustang Survivors
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