During July 1999 the South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum approached Aerosud, an Internationally recognised South African aeronautical engineering concern, for assistance with the repair of their P-51D Mustang Radiator since the aircraft was overheating.
Investigation revealed that the radiator was badly corroded. The cost of a replacement radiator from the USA was beyond the financial means of the Museum. Aerosud, as part of its program of contributing to the South African aviation heritage by way of financial and engineering support for the SAAF Museum, studied the feasibility of the redesign and local manufacture of a new radiator.
During August 1999 Aerosud launched the design and manufacturing process which culminated in the first public display, at the Museum flying day at the end of October 1999, of the SAAF Mustang fitted with a new radiator of South African design.
The use of modern technology has resulted in major reductions in weight and drag, and in the process none of the original parts were retained. The unit is, however, fully interchangeable with the original, at component as well as total unit level. Initial flight testing has been extremely encouraging, with the aircraft attaining 400 knots with relative ease! Following further testing scheduled for January 2000, a full technical and performance specification will become available.
Once fully tested the radiator will be offered for sale. For further details contact me at the following E-mail address: