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44-74977 N251CS "Charlotte's Chariot II"
44-74977     N251CS
Dan Fordice
Vicksburg, MS
P-51 Survivor 44-74977 N251CS
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P-51D-30NA

44-74977

N251CS
  N5448V

History / Previous Identities:


1957: McClellan AFB, surplus
1957: N5448V, surplus, Wayne Clevenger, bought for $1063!
1958: Jan, N5448V, sale, Earl Dodge, Anchorage AK
1958: May, N5448V, sale, Jack Barrett
1960: Apr, N5448V, sale, Earl Dodge, Anchorage AK
1968: Jul, N5448V, sale, Larry Mattson
1968: Nov, N5448V, sale, Mike Coutches, Hayward CA
1984: May, aircraft stolen from Tonapah NV, recovered 4 months later in Merced Ca.
1993: Mar, N5448V, reg, Robert Coutches, Hayward CA
1994: May, N5448V, sale, Chris Gruys, Sante Fe NM, Complete rebuild by Dan Martin in Hollister, CA
1999: Suffered front end damage during landing roll-out, fixed by Dan Martin
2003: Prop seal failed during ferry flight by Dan Martin. Martin was able to get back and land safely without a controllable prop. Oil was everywhere! (We do mean everywhere). Nice flying Dan.
2007: Sep 25, N5448V, sale, Wings and Wheels LLC, Sante Fe NM
2009: Dec, N5448V, sale, Dan Fordice, Vicksburg MS, Delivered Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport, KTVR
2010: Jan 11, N251CS, reg, Dan Fordice, Vicksburg MS
2010: N251CS, repainted,"Charlotte’s Chariot II" of the 354th FG 353rd FS which was flown by Cary Salter. Cary is still alive and is still married to Charlotte after 65 years.
2012: Apr 09, Charlotte passed after a long life with Cary. Our thanks to both Cary and Charlotte for their sacrifice for our country.
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  Image Credits:

  Curtis Fowles   MustangsMustangs  
  via Dan Fordice    
  Dan Martin    
  via Dan Martin    
  Dick Phillips   Warbird Images  
  Matt Maranto    
  Norm Sedgley    
  Ron Baak   Ron Baak  
  Sid Roberts via Chris Luvara   Stick and Rudder Photo  
  Trey Carroll    

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