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44-73415 N551VC "VooDoo"
44-73415     N551VC
Planes of Fame Museum
Chino Ca
P-51 Survivor 44-73415 N551VC
Flying
NAA Type:
Conversion:

Serial #:

Registry:
.. past:
P-51D-25NA
Modified Racer

44-73415

N551VC
  N6526D

History / Previous Identities:


1951: Feb 08, BOC, RCAF 9289
1959: Aug 14, SOC, RCAF 9289
1958: N6526D, import, James Defuria / Intercontinental Airways, Canastota NY
1960: N6526D, sale, R. Ferrer, Patchoque NY
1962: N6526D, crashed, Virginia
1966: N6526D, sale, Frank Guzman, Massapequa PA
1968: N6526D, sale, Don Bateman, Las Vegas NV
1969: N6526D, sale, Mike Coutches, Hayward CA, black w/ gold stripe
1974: N6526D, sale, H. Matteri, State Line NV
1975: N6526D, sale, William Veatch, Olympia WA
1977: N6526D, Mar 19, crashed, Olympia WA, major damage
1980: N6526D, sale, Bill Speer, La Mesa CA, restored as "Pegasus" - racing mods
1996: N6526D, sale, Delbert Williams, "Voodoo Chile"
1997: N551VC, sale, Bob Button, Dixon CA
1997: September, Reno Air Races - modified racer, turtle-deck / clipped wings / race motor, Shafter CA by L.D. Hughes, Tony Corbo, Tiger Destefani - bare metal, #55 raced as "Voodoo Chile"
2006: racing each year at Reno, Bob Button taking on the flying in 2005
2007: Bob Button pilot, DNF Unlimited Gold Final, started 6th with 432 mph
2008: Will Whiteside is new race pilot for Team Voodoo. Voodoo did not make the Gold Final
2009: Reno Air Races - Will Whiteside - Turtle deck and race canopy back on. Started pole in the Unlimited Final at 485 over Strega's 480 - DNF lap 6, Steven Hinton wins in Strega
2010: Reno Air Races - Will Whiteside - Team Voodoo had a strong week looking forward to Sunday's race that was cancelled due to high winds
2011: Reno Air Races - Will Whiteside - Strong performance before race cancellation. Will Whiteside pilot.
2011: Nov - For Sale
2012: Reno Air Races - Steven Hinton - pole in the Unlimited Final and wins over Hoot Gibson in #232 September Fury
2013: Reno - Good thing nobody bought her! Congratulations to Bob Button, Steven Hinton and the Voodoo Crew for an incredible week of air racing. Voodoo WINS! Unlimited Gold Champion!
2014: Reno Air Races - Pilot: Steven Hinton - pole in the Unlimited Final and wins easily at 462 mph, Czech Mate in 2nd, Rare Bear DNF
2015: Reno Air Races - Pilot: Steven Hinton - started 2nd but DNF the Unlimited Final due to mayday for rough running engine - Strega Wins with Hoot Gibson as pilot, Rare Bear 3rd
2016: Reno Air Races - 1st Place! Pilot: Steven Hinton - Strega not at the races, Czech Mate a distant 2nd, Rare Bear and September Fury not racing
2017: World record attempt with Steven Hinton as pilot. 3km course record held by Lyle Shelton. Hinton needed to beat it by 1% according to the rules, which would be 533 mph. He posted 531!
2017: Reno Air Races - Pilot: Steven Hinton - 2nd Place to Strega in one of the closest Unlimited Finals ever!
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2017: Dec 28, pending reg, Planes of Fame Museum, Chino CA
2018: Apr 05, N551VC, Planes of Fame Museum, Chino CA

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  Curtis Fowles   MustangsMustangs  
  D. Thirot    
  Don Vance    
  Gerald Liang   courtesy Warbird Aero Press  
  Mark Johnston   Airrace.org  
  Mark Kallio    
  MustangsMustangs    
  Pete Clukey    
  Scott Germain   Warbird Aero Press  

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