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44-74536 N991R "Miss America"
44-74536     N991R
Brent Hisey
Bethany OK
P-51 Survivor 44-74536 N991R
Flying
NAA Type:

Serial #:

Registry:
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P-51D-30NA

44-74536

N991R
  N5452V (#1)
  N991RC

History / Previous Identities:


1945: June, 372nd FG Esler Field LA
1945: November, 4160th Base Unit Hobbs Field NM
1947: 4171st Base Unit, Kelly Field TX
1947: ANG 128th FW, 169th FS, 133rd FW
1952: 109th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), Holman Field NM
1953: 18th FIS MN
1954: November, 117th Fighter/Bomber Squadron
1955: 112th FBS Akron OH
195?: WIS NG
1956: Air Material Base Mc Clellan AFB CA
1958: sold surplus for $3,700, M. Parker, Texas
1963: N5452V, Don Singleton, Van Nuys CA, racer #19
1965: David Allender Jr, San Aario CA, "Allender Mustang" #19 and "Wayfarer's Club Lady"
1966: N991RC, Robert Cleaves, red/white/blue paint, not named "Miss America"
from Brad Haskin: "Robert Cleaves purchased the aircraft from Dave Allender in 1967. Cleaves was friends with Gene Roddenberry, the producer of the TV series Star Trek. Cleaves asked Roddenberry to come up with a patriotic design for his new toy (it wasn't called Miss America until after Howie Keefe bought it in 1969 and named it that)." There's a photo added that shows the paint scheme with N991RC.
1969: N991R, Howie Keefe, Pacific Palisades, Van Nuys CA, #11 "Miss America"
1981: N991R, Ron & Janette Smythe, Everett WA, #11 "Miss America"
1985: N991R, RGS Inc, Edmonds WA
1989: N991R, Hanover Aero Inc, Nashue NH
1993: N991R, Museum of Flying, Santa Monica CA
1993: N991R, Brent Hisey, Oklahoma City OK, #11 "Miss America"
2002: Reno Air Races - suffered major damage during an emergency landing after a mayday on a qualification lap.
2006: did not race at Reno. Miss America has not missed many races, hope to see her back in 2007.
2007: did not race
2008: back in action at Reno
2009: Reno Air Races - 1st place Silver 425.400 mph
2010: Reno Air Races - 3rd Place Gold 380.426 mph, qualifying speed 413.296 mph
2011: Reno Air Races cancelled after Leeward crash
2012: Reno Air Races - 5th place Gold Unlimited 390.953 mph

68 Images of   44-74536   N991R   "Miss America" on file
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  Image Credits:

  via Brad Haskin   Brad Haskin Collection  
  Curtis Fowles   MustangsMustangs  
  Chris Luvara   Stick and Rudder Photo  
  Don Vance    
  Emil Strasser   courtesy Warbird Aero Press  
  Glenn Chatfield    
  Gerald Liang   courtesy Warbird Aero Press  
  Jerry Day    
  Mark Kallio    
  Sid Roberts via Chris Luvara   Stick and Rudder Photo  

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