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44-84615 N55JL "Blood Brother"
44-84615     N55JL
Phil Petrik
Sidney, Montana
P-51 Survivor 44-84615 N55JL
Flying
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Serial #:

Registry:
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P-51D-25NT

44-84615

N55JL
  N7099V
  N9LR

History / Previous Identities:


1966: N7099V, Pioneer Aero, Burbank CA
1969: N9LR, Larry Strimple, Mansfield OH
1974: N55JL, Jimmy Leeward, Ocala FL
Numerous names and paint schemes. Jimmy Leeward likes to show up at shows each year with a different mustang.
Mostly "Cloud Dancer" #9, but you never know.
#9 seems to be the only thing that does not change much.
1994: Phoenix 500 - #8 "Estrellia One" Leeward Air Ranch
2001: Oct. firewall forward restoration began by Dan Martin in Hollister, CA
2005: wins Bronze by passing P-51A Polar Bear after playing with him most of the race.
2006: installed the old cut-down race canopy and a race Merlin. Came back just before the start of the Gold race with a cracked header tank which means coolant is streaming out and you have to land very soon or burn up your Merlin.

2010: Jun 8, N55JL, Phil Petrik, Sidney Montana
2010: SOLD! (oh no) Jimmy Leeward has owned this bird for many, many years. Story Here.
New owner Phil Petrik was flying Cloud Dancer at 14k from Texas to Montana when the Merlin blew a hole in the case! He dead-sticked into Curtis, Nebraska which was fortunately close by with no damage. Nice work by Petrick. The engine was purchased as is from Duane Doyle in California. When hearing about what happened, Doyle refunded the price of the engine when not obligated to do so. Wish there was more people like that around.

2017: Mar, new paint, 352nd FG "Blood Brother"

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  Curtis Fowles   MustangsMustangs  
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  Glenn Chatfield    
  Gerald Liang   courtesy Warbird Aero Press  
  Jim Buckel   Ron's Archive  
  James McMurray    
  Mark Kallio    
  Thomas Walker   American Aero Services  
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