There is a picture of this Mustang on the Warbirds Resource Group website. It's identified as 44-84857, N7345C, a P-51D-25NT, reportedly transferred to the Salvadoran Air Force in 1973 ! In their book, Dan Hagedorn and John Dienst have 44-84857 down as N7343C, a plane spirited out of the USA to El Salvador in July 1969.
This is a neat one. The markings are really distinctive, the anti-glare panel, the dark vertical fin and the fuselage stripe. There is a published photo of it in several magazines as a Minnesota ANG mustang that attended the last Mustang Round Up at Volk Field Wis 18 August - 1 Sept 1950 She had pencil drop tanks like N5448V and looked spectacular. This photo shows her out of service, location unknown and perhaps after ferrying somewhere.
Built 2.12.45 as 44-72844 to NY Port 2.24.45, shipped to ETO 3.13.45. Returned 7.16.45 and overhauled at Olmstead PA. Assigned to TAC, SAC, MINN, TEX, MONT ANG. She was sold surplus from McClellan for $1,307 17.2.58 and became N5076K and N156C with TFA. Sold as N764C to Chamberlain Eng. Corp then eventually back to Cavalier and Lindsay Newspapers as N7406. She is still supposed to be stored with Dave Lindsay at King City, and would be the ultimate in ANG markings if restored to her Mustang Roundup Colors...A Kodachrome of this one would have been great! I wonder what colors she was...
This one is 44-84857.
There is no further info on what happened to this one in El Salvador. It has been speculated that it was lost on the trip south ... Maybe Joe could help out with any more info.
We purchased this aircraft from Chamberlain about 1967 for $10,000. Had it about 1 year...Took it to Trans Florida for some mods that ended up at $70,000. Which we didn't have...So they took possession ..I still have the pilots check list...and discovered the picture in a magazine leaving the ANG on its last flight to California...I have one beautiful photo of her bearing the N number N764C...I understand that it was parted out..