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P-51 MUSTANG/42-103645
P-51 Mustang 42-103645
P-51 Mustang 42-103645   P-51 Mustang 42-103645   P-51 Mustang 42-103645   P-51 Mustang 42-103645
P-51 Mustang 42-103645   P-51 Mustang 42-103645   P-51 Mustang 42-103645   P-51 Mustang 42-103645
Serial #: 42-103645
Construction #: 103-26199
Civil Registration:
  N9288
  N215CA
  NL61429
Model(s):
  P-51C-10NT Mustang
Name: Tuskegee Airmen
Status: Airworthy
Last Info: 2017
History:
Delivered to United States Army Air Corps as 42-103645, 19??.
Montana State College, Bozeman, MT, October 3, 1945-1965.
- Delivered to Bozeman-Gallatin Field towed to college.
- Instructional Airframe.
VFW Post, Billings, MT, 1965.
- Displayed.
Confederate Air Force, Mercedes, TX, 1965-1973.
- Trucked to Texas from Montana.
- Stored.
- Suffered salt water corrosion damage by Hurrican.
Confederate Air Force,Harlingen, TX, 1973-1985.
- Registered as N9288.
- Restoration started, Omaha, NE.
CAF/Commemorative Air Force, St. Paul, MN, 1985-2001.
- Registered as N215CA.
- Registered as NL61429, April 26, 2001.
Commemorative Air Force, Midland, TX, April 26, 2001-2017.
- Restoration Completed by Tri-State Aviation, Wahpeton, ND.
- First flight May 10, 2001.
- Money for restoration was donated by Tuskegee Airmen.
- Painted in the basic Tuskegee Airman color scheme.
- Flew as USAAF/A4-2/Tuskegee Airmen/By ReQuest.
- Destroyed by forced landing in trees after suffering catastrophic engine failure,
    near Bay City Wisconsin, May 29, 2004.
-- Pilot Don Hinz fatally injured, Don Hinz Memorial.
- Rebuilt to airworthy by the Tri-State Aviation, Wahpeton, ND
    and Odegaard Wings, Kindred, ND, 2004-2009.
- Funded by the Red Tail Project
-- First flight, July 25, 2009.
- Assigned to Redtail Squadron, Dallas, TX.
- Landing accident with significant damage, February 2016.
- Restoration by AirCorps Aviation, Bemidji, MN and Odegaard Wings, Kindred, ND.
- Completed, flying again December 2016.
Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
CAF - Red Tail Project Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-6th Edition, 2013.
Federal Aviation Administration.
Photo Source(s):
Chuck Gardner, www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org, 2003
Dick Philips/Warbird Images
Jim Buckel
Mike Henniger

Research Assistance:
Pat Carry
John Terrell
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