A look back at the P-51 Mustang's history

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by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 11:33 AM

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GALVESTON, Texas -- The P-51 Mustang was one of the star attractions at the Lone Star Flight Museum.

And she was named after another P-51, a Warbird named after a Gene Autry song that bore the name of her pilot’s hometown.

“We painted it up as Galveston Gal in honor of a pilot from Galveston who flew 60 something missions in World War II. And so it was very special to us. And we’re just really saddened by today’s events.”

Also a sad day for the family of Captain Ray Lancaster, the 92-year-old veteran who flew the original Galveston Gal.

His daughter spent the afternoon trying to figure out how to break the news to her father because he knew the younger pilot who went down with his Warbird.

It was devastating to many that a pilot and a paying passenger died in the final flight of the Galveston Gal.

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