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44-73656 F-AZXS "Moonbeam McSwine"
44-73656     F-AZXS
Fred Akary
Avignon-Caumont, France
P-51 Survivor 44-73656 F-AZXS
Flying
NAA Type:

Serial #:
Adopted:

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

44-73656
44-12473

F-AZXS
  N5073K
  N32FF
  N2151D

History / Previous Identities:


1944: October, Manufactured at Inglewood, Ca
1945: Mar 29, Accepted by USAAF, via Newark NJ shipping dock to USAAF depot in Great Britain. Not assigned
1945: July, returned to USAAF depot, Newark NJ
1947: Mar 31, to TX ANG, 182nd FS, Brooks AFB, San Antonio
1950: Nov 16, to 136th FG, CONAC, Langley AFB, VA
1950: Dec 26, reassigned to TAC
1951: May 03, to CO ANG, 120th FS, Buckley Field, Denver CO
1953: Mar 31, to MN ANG, 109th FS, St. Paul MN
1956: Dec 10, storage at McClellan AFB, Sacramento CA
1958: Aug 17, N5073K, Delta A&E Parts Inc, NC, sold surplus at McClellan for $1,307.50
1958: November, N5073K, Michael Coutches, Hayward CA
1958: December, N5073K, Trans Florida Aviation, Sarasota FL
1963: Stanley N5073K, Dunbar Studios, Charlotte NC
1963: N5073K, Howard Olsen, Midland TX, racer #1
1963: reworked by Cavalier Aircraft in Florida
1968: N5073K, Lefty Gardner, Galveston TX
1968: Salvadorena FAS 406 (El Salvador Air Force)
1974: Oct, N32FF, Jack Flaherty, Monterey CA, adopted 44-12473
1975: N32FF, Gordon Plaskett, King City CA, Restored as "Moonbeam McSwine"
1975: N2151D, Gordon Plaskett, King City CA
1975: won Grand Champion Warbird, Fresno CA
1981: Mar, N2151D, Chris Williams, Ellensburg WA
1988: Apr, N2151D, Vlado Lenoch, LaGrange IL
1997: September, Reno - finished 5th in Bronze at 362 mph
1999: September, Reno - finished 1st in Bronze at 369 mph
2000: September, Reno - qualified 27th at 298 mph

Seen regularly at shows around the USA - Flies in the USAF Heritage Flights
Thanks to Vlado Lenoch for providing aircraft history

2013: N2151D, sale, Fred Akary, Avignon-Caumont France
2013: F-AZXS, reg, Fred Akary, Avignon-Caumont France

30 Images of   44-73656   F-AZXS   "Moonbeam McSwine" on file
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