History / Previous Identities:
Postwar: served with ND and IL ANG units
1963: N5444V, Robert Mitchum, Broomfield CO
1966: N5444V, Keith Larkin, Watsonville CA
1969: N5444V, Ron Van Kretgan, San Jose CA
1998: Still outside!
2000: This P-51 is still stored outside. I have a hangar nearby that could find room.....
2001: Dec, word has it that this P-51 will be fully restored, beginning sometime in 2002
2004: restoration-started, Texas, then Florida at American Aero Services
2005: N5444V, Selby Burch, FL
2008: Work progressing, polished fuselage, looks like PTO paint.
2009: Incredible, but this P-51 is airworthy again! Congrats to Selby Burch and American Aero Services for rescuing this bird and restoring her to glory once again. Painted in 5th Air Force, 15th FG, 47th FS scheme.
2011: Aug 1, N5444V, sale, Darren Moore, Palos Verdes Estates CA
2012: Feb, repaint, 363rd FG colours and new name of "Miss Kandy"