" Tuskegee Airmen "
St. Paul MN
History / Previous Identities:
1945: 3rd October - last flight. Surplus by USAAF
This P-51 would not fly again until complete restoration in 2001.
Donated (sold) by the USAAF to a trade school (for $1 fee) in Billings Montana where the condition diminished.
?1965: Conferderate Air Force - project shipped to Harlington TX.
1973: N9288 (Confederate Air Force)
1985: N215CA (CAF) restoration project
Project moved around between CAF units with little or no work done.
Then moved to the Southern Minnesota Wing in St. Paul, MN.
1999: restoration work became more aggresive.
2001: restoration completed
10th May 2001: 1st flight by Bob Odegaard was just about perfect.
2004: 30th May - tragic accident took the life of Don Hinz.
2004: Restoration work already in progress
2006: Restoration continues
2007: January - work cont. on the fuselage. Most skins are done, wiring is in progress, need work on the wings.
2008: work continues Red Tail
2009: May - Amazing work and dedication puts this P-51 back in the air!
Congrats to the CAF!
Images of 42-103645 NL61429 " Tuskegee Airmen "
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Jim Buckel - Ron's Archive
James P. Church
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Dick Phillips - Warbird Images
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