History / Previous Identities:
1945: June, delivery to USAAF, 31st FS March Field US
1951: 131st FBW SAC
1953?: 165th FBS Kentucky ANG
1957: Sep 17, N5436V, Joe Hammer, Sacramento CA
1961: Dec 17, N5436V, Robert Rodman, Fullerton CA
1964: Jul 26,N5436V, M.L. "Les" Grant, Santa Barbara CA, red - w/ black/white stripes
Photos of Les Grant and his P-51
1973: Mar 06, N5436V, Joan Grant, Santa Barbara CA
1978: Feb 24, N5436V, Max R. Hoffman / Falcon Air Ltd., Loveland CO
1978: Feb 24, N5436V, Scott Smith Olds Inc, Orlando FL
1978: May 28, N5436V, John P. Wright, Reno NV
1978: Jun 03, N51TC (#1), Ted Contri, North Highlands CA
1986: Sep 22, N51TC, Planes of Fame East / Robert Pond, Spring Park MN
1986: Dec 23, N251BP, Robert Pond, "Mighty Moose" blue/yellow
1991: Feb 07, N251BP, Robert Pond / Planes of Fame East, Eden Prairie MN
1997: Mar 24, N251BP, Pond Warbirds LLC, Palm Springs CA
1998: Jul 16, N251BP, Bernie Jackson, Minden NV, blue/grey "RJ P"
2001: Stripped, new paint "The Vorpel Sword" (RCAF 753)
2005: July, first flight by John Muszala
To be repainted in something different ... a Russian P-51!
2005: December, suffered a hard landing at Minden, NV. Some wing tip damage, but no damage to the prop or engine. Should be back flying in '06.
2006: December, work completed, ready for test flight.
2007: Jan, test flight by John Muszala. No big squawks, everyone very satisfied. Crew chief, Jim Martinelli has her in top shape. Bernie Jackson can be seen often over the Carson Valley in Nevada. Look for that bare metal P-51 with a red star on the fuselage.
2009: Jul 06, N251BP, Cielos LLC, TX
New Paint: 78th Fighter Group, "HL R" "Buzzin Cuzzin"
New radios and full systems check and upgrades by John Muszala, Pacific Fighters in Idaho Falls.
2010: Jan, nearing completion of work at Pacific Fighters, should be on its way to Texas in early Feb.
Good info on the original Buzzin Cuzzin at the Buzzin Cuzzin Web Site