History / Previous Identities:
1957: Sold surplus for $826.26
1957: Dec 11, American Aircraft Sales, Hayward CA
1958: Apr 28, N5469V, Don and Dennis Byrne, San Francisco CA
1960: Sep 17, N5469V, American Aircraft Sales
1961: Dec 20, Walt Baxter, Billings MT
1962: May 14, N5469V, American Aircraft Sales
1962: Oct 17, N5469V, Jim Tregoning, Bakersfield CA
1966: Jun 09, N5469V, American Aircraft Sales
1966: Aug 31, N5469V, Burford Company International (Chas E Burford), Maysville OK
1967: Sep 25, N5469V, Air Services Inc, Addison TX
1967: Dec 15, N5469V, Gary Levitz, Dallas TX - red w/ white center and black/white accents on vertical and wingtips
1967: Dec 27, N6451D, Gary Levitz, Dallas TX
1969: Apr 30, N6451D, Volkmer Manfacturing Co (Leo Volkmer), Dallas TX
1968: El Salvador as FAS 409
paperwork swap between N30FF and N34FF on return to US
Adopted id 44-11153 (rep. on FAS paperwork)
1974: Oct 29, N34FF, Jack Flaherty, Monterey CA
1975: Feb 27, N34FF, Howard Development CO (Will Edwards Jr, Wilson C Edwards), Big Springs TX
1976: May 14, Tosco Inc (Scott Smith), Orlando FL
1978: Mar 02, Clark Motor Co Inc (William Clark), State College PA - "Dolly"
1985: Sep 04, N51WE, William Clark, State College PA
1988: crashed State College, PA, Clark killed
1998: Aug 05, N51WE, Pete Regina, Granada Hills CA
2000: May 11, N51WE, Anthony Banta, Union City CA - restoration project on its gear
2000: Jun 23, N451TB, Anthony Banta, Union City CA
2002: April Update:
Aircraft disassembled and sent to Dave Teeters in Salinas to be finished. First Flight scheduled for late 2002. Current plans are for a polished aircraft with WWII markings.
2002: October: P-51 should be flying very soon.
2002: December: Awaiting FAA paperwork
2003: March: after much work with the FAA N451TB is ready to fly.
2003: 22 March: First flight by Dan Martin. Dave Teeters has done a fantastic job with this restoration. Everyone was pleased at the end of the day.
22 March 2003, with the sun trying to fight through the overcast, Dan Martin climb aboard N451TB and pleased the small crowd of pilots, mechanics, friends of Tony Banta and a few airport bums, and took to the skies with the grace of a seasoned mustang pilot.
Dave Teeters, owner of Airmotive Specialties Inc. in Salinas Ca, was focused and busy as he and his crew checked and double checked a gear swing Saturday morning. Dan Martin showed up as they were finishing and did a quick walk around and liked what he saw. "The Mustang is beautiful" says Dan as he climbs into his flight suit.
Tony Banta was enjoying the day and asked Dan what he thought. His response was "if she runs ... she'll fly" as he smiles and continues his walk around. Tony's P-40 was in the hangar receiving maintenance - another nice warbird and fitting backdrop. Dave carefully lowers the P-51 off the jacks and tows it outside where he gets in and begins an engine run-up before the flight. Then Dan talks to Dave and does a run-up and taxi test. He comes back, they put on the last piece of cowling, gives Dan his parachute and helmet and off he goes.
The weather was not the greatest, a lot of gray skies with only a few patches of blue poking through now and then. But it was good enough to fly. This long-awaited event has been delayed by the FAA paperwork fun known (all to well) by warbird restorers and owners. Simon Brown, who had been involved with many P-51 restorations, just shakes his head and says "well, it's done".
After Dan performed a nice landing, with a slight crosswind, he rolled to the end of the active and taxied back in front of the large WWII era hangar. He gave Dave a report of temps, handling, speed and gear action. In the end, Dan did a great job flying, Dave did a great job restoring and Tony Banta was very happy to see his P-51 flying.