The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 305
44-13016     N5551D     Closed
Solved by: David Daly
P-51 Who 305
Case#: 305
Date: Jun 01 2004
By: Larry Smigla
Photo: via Dick Phillips
Status: Closed
Serial: 44-13016
Registry: N5551D
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
David Daly
06/26/2004 00:02
This is A68-674, 44-13016 , the photo was taken in the hanger of King City Aviation around the early 90,s It now is the DOVE of PEACE N9200N and was or still for sale
Bryan Gabriel
07/22/2009 06:39
A68-674 and A68-679 were purchased from Warbirds Aviation Museum (Mildura Australia)in 1981 by a five man syndicate headed up by Bryan Gabriel. The syndicate owned a treasure trove of Mustang parts with the two airframes as the centre-piece. Many spares were collected over time and work had begun assessing the Project in preparation for restoration in Albury NSW. Just prior to ordering new lower longerons from California, three of the syndicate members were persuaded to sell the Project to another group (Milne, Thomas and Lane) leaving the principals (Gabriel and Beard) empty handed. Interestingly Milne, Thomas and Lane eventually shipped the parts to the US to be restored (sold?) and are believed to have given an undertaking that the aircraft would be returned to Australia. Sadly (predictably?) that did not occur and Mustang afficianados in Australia can take small comfort in the knowledge that A68-674 now resides in New Zealand. Bryan Gabriel is now building a half scale P-51 replica for his own use, having given up any idea of owning any part of the real thing. His replica will be finished in the same colours A68-674 wore when in service with the RAAF.
Case Closed!
P-51 Mustang

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