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P-51 MUSTANG/43-6006
P-51 Mustang 43-6006
P-51 Mustang 43-6006   P-51 Mustang 43-6006  
Serial #: 43-6006
Construction #: 99-22109
Civil Registration:
  N51Z
Model(s):
  P-51A Mustang
Name: Polar Bear
Status: Restoration
Last info: 2017
History:
Delivered to United States Army Air Force as 43-6006.
- BOC: April 3, 1943.
- Delivered to Ladd Field, AK, May 1, 1943.
- Crash landed, Summit, AK, February 14, 1944.
Waldon D. "Moon" Spillers, Versailles, OH, October 1977-1992.
- Wreck recovered, October 1977.
- Registered a N51Z.
- Rebuilt at Versailles using P-51D fuselage components (N351D/44-73483)
    and ex-TNI-AU mainplane.
- First flight July 3, 1985 as "USAAC/36006".
Gerald Gabe, Hollister, CA, June 6, 1995-2011.
- Flown as USAAC/36006/Polar Bear.
John J. Dowd, Syracuse, KS, May 4, 2012-2017.
- Under restoration at Pacific Fighters, Idaho Falls, ID, 2015-2017.
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.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-6th Edition, 2013.
Federal Aviation Administration.
Photo Source(s):
Ernie Viskupic via JetPhotos.net
Steve Tournay, 1986.
Dick Philips/Warbird Images.

Research Assistance(s):
John Terrell

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