The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 424
45-11559a     N30FF     Closed
Solved by: William Yoak, TJ Johansen
P-51 Who 424
Case#: 424
Date: Nov 21 2014
By: Don Vance
Photo: Chino 1970's
Status: Closed
Serial: 45-11559a
Registry: N30FF
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
William Yoak
11/22/2014 12:18
This was the late Don Plumb's Cavalier P-51. He owned this Mustang in addition to CF-USA in which he was killed in 1975 along with John Bolton in another Mustang in Big Spring,TX after both departed in bad weather and crashed within a mile or so of each other.
The Mustang in this case is shown at Unlimited Aircraft in late 1974 or early 1975 when my late stepfather-- Bruce geossling started that business. Plumb was one of his first customers with this arcraft which was to be painted in a grey USAF scheme after work was completed on it. I do'nt have any other info, but believe this was an ex-Bolivian Air force aircraft
T J Johansen
12/02/2014 17:39
This is Cavalier N30FF which is using wrong serial # 45-11559. The photo shows the 51 shortly after return from El Salvador as part of the group Jack Flaherty recovered from said Air Force. As William Yoak says, it was later painted in a grey USAF scheme, going through several owners before being made into a TF for Max Chapman with the name "Mad Max".
Tomas Gerard Miller
02/06/2020 17:17
I took picture of Don Plumb's CFUSA P-51D back in May of 1975 outside of his hangar at the airport in Windsor Canada. His mustang was beautiful! Mr. Plumb gave us teenagers (at the time) a tour of his hangar. At the time he also owned a P-40E (that he claimed had 6 actual recorded kills form WWII), Spitfire Mk IX (which I remember him saying flew in the movie "Battle of Britain from 1969). He actually let me sit in the Spitfire and the P-51D. I found out about Don Plumb from an airshow he flew in with his P-40 at Bishop Airport in Flint, MI. So I and a couple of teenage friends drove to Windsor Canada, and showed up at his hangar unannounced. We saw his Mustang fly in (the first time I experienced the sound of P-51 Mustang flying) and land. He saw us hanging around his hangar and instead of kicking us out he invited us in and gave us the grand tour. I will never forget it. He was a real nice man!
Case Closed!
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