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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RARE - P-82 TWIN MUSTANG ESCORTED ALONG SAN DIEGO HIGHWAYS BOUND FOR EL CAJON'S GILLESPIE FIELD

A rare P-82 Twin Mustang relocated to Gillespie Field for a complete restoration project. Once restored, this will be the only flying P-82 in the world.

This P-82 restoration project is headed by Bill Cusick, Leader of the CAF P-82 Squadron. They will be keeping the plane at the CAF Air Group One "World War II Flying Museum" on Gillespie Field in El Cajon, CA.

The P-82 was brought into MCAS Miramar on Saturday. Brewer Crane of Lakeside and Fletcher Hills Towing of El Cajon, loaded her onto a trailer to prepare for the move today. The plane will transported along San Diego highways, escorted by the California Highway patrol and other escort cars.

The trailer transporting the P-82 fuselage, measuring over 18' wide and 38' long, left MCAS at approximately 9:30 a.m. It traveled from Miramar south on Interstate 15, then east on Interstate 8, and finally north on Highway 67 to Gillespie Field.

In order to make the move, she was partially disassembled and flown from CAF Headquarters in Midland, Texas by the U.S. Air Force in a C-5B.

This past year has brought about many challenges for P-82 Squadron Leader, Bill Cusick. He has made the move one of his greatest priorities and is very excited she has finally made it to San Diego, to begin her complete restoration.

Gillespie Field Airport Manager, Noreen Crane said, "I am very excited about this new and rare plane being headquartered on Gillespie Field."

Everyone is welcome to see the P-82 at the CAF Air Group One "World War II Flying Museum" located at 1850 Joe Crosson Drive in El Cajon. The museum is open free to the public, every Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The cooperation and generous contributions of several people, organizations and members of our military have made the move possible.


   


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