Depending on the date of the photo, this saircraft is one of the following regristrations: N6173C, N51PW, or N51VP. Military serial number is 44-73142. Fatal crash 9-6-1989. Remains of airframe to N51BK, then later to N551TB, N151PF, and last noted as N51GY.
T J Johansen
I am sitting with the feeling that this might be N2112 while in the ownership of Bill Ross. The two aircraft were very similar at the time, and my only clue is the mirror on the inside of the canopy. Ross N2112 has the standard mirror on top iside of the canopy frame, but the close-up photos I've seen of N6173C/ N51VP shows the mirror to be positioned on the right side of the frame. Also, Peterson's 51 seem to have had what resembles an American flag on the right side of the fuselage, below the horizontal. This is thin, very thin, but I will suggest N2112.
Well done TJ. I agree with you that it is N2112.
Nope, its not N2112. I knew Bill Ross when I was a teenager and had several rides in it, I also cleaned it for him. The only picture I have of it shows the nav lights are in the leading edge of the wing at the wingtip. The nav lights on this Mustang are on the end of the wingtip. Also on N2112 there is no blue stripe on the top of the orange stripe along the side of the a/c.
I have a side photo of N2112 circa 1965 (that I cannot publish) that clearly shows N2112, matches the striping and has nav lights like in the photo above. The nav lights must have been moved later. N69QF does have the nav lights on the wingtip corners like Mr. Herrick states.