Could the Working Class Afford a P-51?


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Oct 8, 2021
What is the modern equivalent of owning and operating a civilian warplane that is bought as a surplus immediately after the end of WW2?

Let's assume maintenance is performed as that as little as possible - you don't repair the broken parts but simply find a replacement from another surplus plane.

Would operating a P-51 in the 1950s be the equivalent of operating a Cirrus SR-22 in the modern days? Or perhaps much, much less if you are not actually interested in keeping the bird flying for long?


How about a B-24? Would the cost(inflation adjusted) similiar to that of a King Air?