Between 1950 and 1960, Somalia was under Italian administration. The Italians run the 'Corpo di Sicurezza della Somalia', which also operated a number of F-51D Mustangs. Eight of these were handed over to Somalia, together with six C-47/Dakotas and six Beech C-45s, when the country was released into independence, and they formed the core of the future Somali Air Corps, remaining in service until 1968. The exact look of Somali F-51D Mustangs is still somewhat of mystery, with almost no references being available. The artwork here was prepared with help of information from Mr. Gianfranco Lanini and a decal sheet released in Portugal, years ago. In addition to national markings - worn in six places - and the large black code '2', applied on rear fuselage, the aircraft should have had a part of its original serial applied somewhere on the fin.
Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal