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P-51 MUSTANG/44-63507

P-51 Mustang 44-63507

Serial #: 44-63507
Construction #: 122-31233
Civil Registration:
  N6345T
  N12073
  N6345T
  N973
  Model(s):
  P-51D Mustang
  TF-51Mustang
Name: Little One III
Status: Crashed
Last info: 1997

History:
Delivered to U.S. Army Air Force as 44-63507, 19??.
Delivered to Royal Canadian Air Force as 9554.
- BOC: June 7, 1947.
- SOC: September 20, 1960.
James H. Defuria & Fed J. Ritts/Intercontinental Airways, Canastota, NY, February 25, 1957-1960.
- Registered as N6345T.
Aero Enterprises, Elkhart, IN, May 10, 1960-1963.
Harold R. Hacker, Noblesville, IN, December 1963-1964.
- Crashed, La Porte, IN, February 22, 1964.
Aero Enterprises, La Porte, IN, March 7, 1964.
Hammonton Investment Co, Hammonton, NJ, September 1, 1964.
John Dilley, Elkhart, IN, October 1964-1965.
Gardner Flyers Inc, Brownwood, TX, September 16, 1965-1972.
- Crashed, badley damaged, Brownwood, TX, circa 1968.
Registration N12073reserved but not taken up.
Reported used in rebuild of 44-72483/N13410.
Marvin L. Gardner, Mercedes, TX, April 1985-1990.
- Registered as N6345T.
- Hulk only.
Pioneer Aero Service, Chino, CA, 1990-1994.
- Restoration started.
- Converted to TF-51.
Paul Peters, 1994-1997.
- Restoration completed.
- Registered as N973.
- Flew as Little One III.
- Crashed September 6, 1997, Monroe, MI.
-- Cause: Engine failure after coolant loss.

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.
Photo Source(s):
Unknown

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