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P-51 MUSTANG/44-15651

P-51 Mustang 44-15651

Serial #: 44-15651
Construction #:
  109-35934
Civilian Registration:
  NX79111
  N79111
  Model(s):
  P-51D-15NA Mustang
  Modified racer
Name:
  Leeward Ranch Special
Status: Stored
Last Info: 2002

History:
Delivered to U.S. Army Air Force as 44-15651, 19??.
- Surplussed at Walnet Ridge AFB, AR, 1946.
Steve Beville & Bruce Raymond, IL, July 1946-1949.
- Registered as NX79111.
- Flew as race #77/"The Galloping Ghost", 1947-1949.
Reported planned export to Israel, impounded, 19??.
Clifford D. Cummins, Riverside, CA, 1963-1979
- Registered as N79111.
- Acquired as stripped hulk.
- Rebuilt, Chino, CA, circa 1965.
- Flew as 413366, race #69/"Miss Candace".
- Crashed short of runway after attempting emergency landing due to engine
  failure during race, Reno-Stead, NV, September 18, 1970.
- Rebuilt as modified racer #69, Long Beach, CA, 1971.
- Won the 1976National Air Races, Mojave, CA, (winning speed of 422mph).
Dave Zeuschel & Wiley Sanders, Van Nuys, CA, 1978-1980.
- Crashed on take-off, Van Nuys, CA, September 4, 1980.
- Rebuilt.
Wiley Sanders/Sanders Truck Lines, Troy, AL, 1980-1981.
- Flew as race #69/"Jeannie".
Jimmy Leeward/Bahia Oaks Inc, Ocala, FL, 1981-2002.
- Flew initaially as race #X/"Spectre".
- Later flew as race #9.
- Later flew as race #44/"Leeward Ranch Special".
- Currently stored.

Source(s):
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-5th Edition, 2008.
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Photo Source(s):
Photo by Robert L. Trimble via Picciani collection.

Research Assistance:

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