Restorations

North American P-51 Mustang Restoration Projects

Kermit Weeks P-51A 43-6178

Kermit Weeks acquired this P-51A in the 1980’s and has been having restoration work done on and off. He sent his P-51A to Art Teeters’ Cal Pacific Airmotive in California who had done the restoration work on both his C and D model mustangs. His other two mustangs won Grand Champion Warbird at Sun ‘n Fun and Oshkosh fly-ins. There is currently no set date for the completion of this early mustang but when it is completed I think we can expect that it will be a prize winner, like the rest of his collection.

Gerry Beck’s scratch built P-51A

This P-51 was involved in an accident with the late Bob Odegaard P-51D “Stang” that was being flown by his son Casey at the time. At EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2007 the propeller of Gerry Beck’s mustang struck “Stang” his evasive maneuvers saved Casey Odegaard and he became inverted and then proceeded to crash near the side of the runway. Since 2007 this P-51 has been under restoration and was finally put back on its gear in 2010 and today it is still under restoration to airworthy status.

Brent Hisey’s P-51C 42-103740

This P-51C serial number 42-103740 is being restored in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is owned by Brent Hisey who is also the owner of the P-51D “Miss America”. The mustang is under restoration by Warbirds Inc. As more information becomes available I will post.
Chris and Pat Harker’s F-82E Twin Mustang 46-256

This F-82E was acquired by the late Walter Soplata of Newberry, Ohio in 1956 and sat in storage at his property until it was sold to David Arnold of Jersey, UK in 1997 but before it was shipped to the United Kingdom it was sold to Amjet/Polar Aviation Museum which is located in Anoka County, Minnesota. This twin mustang was sold again and restoration is being done by Chris and Pat Harker, C&P Aviation Services of St. Paul-Anoka County, Minnesota. Currently the F-82 is under restoration to airworthy status as it has been since 2000. So it shouldn’t be too much longer before she is back in the air.

Tom Reilly XP-82 44-83887

This P-82 is the prototype P-82 was in acquired by the late Walter Soplata of Newberry, Ohio in 1965 and was stored at his property until it was bought by Tom Reilly of Tom Reilly Vintage Aircraft in 2002 who has restored many aircraft in his day including the Collings Foundations’ B-17G and B-24J and the Liberty Foundations’ B-17G along with many B-25s and various other aircraft. It is said that this XP-82 with be completed in time for the annual EAA AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for 2014. If this is true, it will be a great place for such a rare aircraft to make its debut.

Dan Friedkin P-51K “Frenesi”

The P-51K Frenesi that was owned by Jim Beasley Jr. of Pennsylvania. The restoration was started in 2005 and was to be repainted as an Iwo Jima P-51 “The Enchantress”. In 2009 the P-51 was sold to the Dan Friedkin of Texas who planned to restore it and keep the name Frenesi. As of August 2013 this P-51 was slated to be the next one assembled at Mike V’s shop.

44-12858 P-51D “Sonny Boy”

This P-51D is under restoration by Vista Charters LLC to a TF-51 configuration and is to be painted as “Sonny Boy”.

44-13954 P-51D “Da Quake”

This P-51 was manufactured by North American Aviation on June 16, 1944. It joined the 8AF 338th FS 55th FG and was piloted by Lt. John “Earthquake” Mcginn who claimed 5 air victories. It crashed on August 26, 1944 on a beach new Bordeaux in France. It was recovered by a French recovery company in 1980. It then passed through a number of owners before it was sold to Phillip S. Warner of Evesham U.K. in 2006 and is currently being restored.

44-63350 P-51D “Lou IV”

This P-51D is owned by Terry Dieno of Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a WWII Veteran of the 15 AF. Lou IV was sold to Terry Dieno in 2010 and a full restoration began in 2011. The restoration is currently still in progress.

44-63762 P-51D
This P-51D is under restoration by Centerline Holdings of Dover, Delaware.

44-63788 P-51D

This P-51D fatally crashed in 1998 and is currently under restoration to fly again in France.

44-63791 P-51D

This P-51D is owned by Brown Helicopter and is currently under restoration.

44-72028 P-51D

This P-51D is under restoration by Centerline Holdings.

44-72059 P-51D

This P-51D is owned by Herman Bayerdorffer and is under restoration by Glenn Wegman’s Fighter Enterprises, Inc in Florida. As of 2006 the engine was mated with the airframe and the wings were almost complete. Currently there is no new information on this mustang.

44-72395 P-51D

This P-51D is under restoration by Centerline Holdings.

44-72400 P-51D

This P-51D is under restoration by the New England Air Museum in Winsor Locks, Connecticut and is nearing completion for display

44-73098 P-51D

This P-51D is under restoration by an unknown owner in Daytona Beach, Florida.

44-73163 P-51D

This P-51D is under restoration by Randall Kempf as of 1996 in Washington and Colorado.

44-73282 P-51D

This P-51D is under restoration by an unknown owner to TF configuration.

44-73323 P-51D is under restoration by Marvin Croutch of Encino, California.

44-73518 P-51D “Precious Metal”

This P-51D ditched because of fuel starvation into the ocean, near Texas in 1990 and was salvaged for rebuild, and is currently under restoration and owned by Don Whittington.

44-73693 P-51D “Risky Business”

This P-51D is owned by Bill Rheinschild of Van Nuys, California. It is reported under restoration as of 2006.

44-73864 P-51D

This P-51D is owned by Steven Loeffler of Italy and is currently under restoration.

44-73990 P-51D

This P-51D is under restoration by Ton Henley. This P-51 was nearing completion and was supposed to have its first flight completed by the end of 2012, but it did not take place. This P-51 is still under restoration.

44-74204 P-51D

This P-51D crashed on September 12, 1994 taking the life pilot Bill Speer, It is currently under restoration by an unknown owner.

44-74204p P-51D

This P-51D is owned by the K. Shell Estate and is under restoration.

44-74960 P-51D

This P-51D is owned by the Collings Foundation and is under restoration to a TF-51 configuration at American Aero Services in Florida. It will be painted to a currently unknown paint scheme.

44-75024 P-51D

This P-51D is owned by the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

44-84489 P-51D

This P-51D is owned by Peter Anderson of California and is currently in storage awaiting restoration.

44-84850 P-51D

This P-51D is owned by Walter Bagdasarian and is under restoration, to honor Nazzi Hirani.

44-11807 P-51K

This P-51K is owned by Meryl Shawver of Mesa, Arizona. This P-51 is under restoration to airworthy condition.

44-12118 P-51K

This P-51K is owned by Mark Tisler of North Dakota. This P-51 is currently under restoration.

44-64375 P-51H

This P-51H is owned by P-51H LLC of Blaine, Minnesota and is currently under restoration

A68-71

This mustang is owned by Derek Macphail of Australia and is currently under restoration.

A68-199

This mustang is owned by Peter Gill and is currently under restoration to airworthy condition.

43-43335 XP-51G

This XP-51G was built by North American Aviation in 1943. It was designed to be lighter weight and have higher performance that earlier mustangs. In 1977 this XP-51G was on the way to the scrap yard when a friend of John Morgan stopped the truck on the highway and was saved from destruction. This prototype mustang is currently owned by John Morgan and is currently a long term restoration project. The parts for this mustang are quite rare, some must be made or converted from H model parts.

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