The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 312
45-11453     N551MR     Closed
Solved by: William Yoak, Mark Koelich
P-51 Who 312
Case#: 312
Date: Jul 15 2004
By: Mark Kallio
Status: Closed
Serial: 45-11453
Registry: N551MR
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
William Yoak
07/29/2004 00:45
This Mustang was owned by Mickey Rupp. It was originally in the Old Crow paint scheme until it was changed to the civilian/racing paint scheme that it last wore as the Samurai. Mickey raced it for several years at Reno--from the late 80's to the early 90's. Unfortunately, it suffered an engine failure and was substantially damaged in a forced landing and Rupp was injured (in approx. 1996). I am not certain as to the present status of the aircraft.I believe he also raced the same aircraft during the 60's once or twice in the Harold's Club Transcontinental Trophy Dash. He did enter a Mustang then, but it may have been a different one (not sure).
Marc Koelich
08/07/2004 04:47
45-11453, former Bolivian FAB-511, if not mistaken ferry-flown back by Jock McKay, C-GXUP, later "Old Crow" as N551MR before becoming Samurai N59038.
Case Closed!
P-51 Mustang

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