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44-74996 N5410V "Dago Red"
44-74996     N5410V
Hoffman Aircraft Holdings
AK
P-51 Survivor 44-74996 N5410V
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P-51D-30NA
Mod.Racer #4

44-74996

N5410V

History / Previous Identities:


1957: Sep 20, N5410V, surplus, Ralph J Smith, Willows CA
1958: Jul 30, N5410V, sale, American Aircraft Sales, Hayward CA
1958: Sep 26, N5410V, sale, William Shimn, Oakland CA
1961: Mar 10, N5410V, sale, Henderson Aviation, Tracy CA
1961: Sep 03, N5410V, sale, Prevost F Smith Parachute Co, Santee CA
1970: Jan 26, N5410V, sale, American Aircraft Sales, Hayward CA
1970: Feb 28, N5410V, sale, Donald Walker, Orinda CA
1970: Aug 16, crashed, engine failure - crashed into 2 houses, Concord CA
1970: Sep 18, N5410V, sale, American Aircraft Sales, Hayward CA
1970: Nov 04, N5410V, sale, Gordon Sackett, Seattle WA
1981: Feb 01, N5410V, sale, Gordon Plaskett / B.G. Aero Ltd, King City CA
1981: Jun 11, N5410V, sale, Bill Destefani / Warbirds Unlimited, Bakersfield CA
1981: rebuilt Shafter CA - modified racer
1982: Oct, first flight, flown as #4 "Dago Red"
1982: Sep 27, N5410V, sale, Frank Taylor / Rudolph's Flying Circus, Upland CA, based Chino CA
1986: Mar 03, N5410V, sale, Alan Preston, Dallas TX
1987: Feb 14, N5410V, sale, Sherman Aircraft Sales, West Palm Beach Fl
1987: Jun 15, N5410V, sale, Asphalt Recovery Corp, Tampa FL
1988: Aug 30, N5410V, sale, David Price / Bob Guilford / Liberty Aero Corp, Santa Monica CA
1991: Dec 30, N5410V, reg, David Price, Santa Monica CA
1991: Dec 30, N5410V, reg, David Price / American Golf Development, Santa Monica CA
1995: Dec 29, N5410V, sale, Museum of Flying Support Fund, Santa Monica CA
1997: Oct 02, N5410V, sale, Terry Bland / Dago Red LLC, Gladstone OR
1997: Dec 06, N5410V, reg, Terry Bland / Dago Red LLC, Eagle Mountain UT
1998: Reno - Winner! (Bruce Lockwood pilot)
1999: Reno - Winner! (Bruce Lockwood pilot)
1999: Dec - For sale!
2000: Reno - Winner! (Skip Holm pilot) Blew engine trying to break 500 mph lap speed after race.
2001: Reno - Races cancelled after 11th September Attacks on USA.
2002: Reno - 1st at 466 mph!
2003: Reno - 1st at 487 mph! On Friday, broke records with a 507 mph race!
2004: Reno - Finished 1st but 2nd after cutting pylon in Gold Final!
2005: Reno - Did not enter races, up for sale

2006: Reno - Dan Martin (Ridge Runner III owner/pilot) and Dan's crew borrowed Dago Red for a few months. Dan put his race motor (Sparrow Merlin) into Dago Red and worked out a few bugs with the airframe. The merlin ran well, but an ADI check-valve failed and the engine overheated very quickly during qualifying. Before Dan got the racer down, the engine blew a hole in itself and spewed oil down the sides of Dago Red. Dan landed safely but the merlin was done. The 2nd race motor was producing too much metal after a Wed. night test run. Dago Red was out of the races.

2008: Reno - May - Excitement builds as Ryan and Greg Costo form Dream Machines LLC and purchase Dago Red from Terry Bland. Dan Martin is secured as the pilot and work continues on with a Sparrow Race Merlin. Dan practiced at PRS in June and is looking forward to September.

2008: Jul 16, N5410V, sale, Ryan Costo / Dream Machines LLC, Roseville, CA

2008: Sep 15, Reno Air Races:
Dan Martin qualifies at the top of the list on Monday. He loses a spot to Mike Brown on Friday when the rudder trim broke lose causing Martin to slow down and access the problem before resuming race speed. Martin takes it back on Saturday and holds the pole position for the Gold Final on Sunday. In an exciting race, Tiger Destefani in #7 Strega passes three top racers to get into first place and holds off the field. Dan Martin in Dago Red holds onto 2nd place and Team Dago Red finish the week strong.

2008: Oct 27, Dago Red LLC changed to Ryan Costo, Roseville CA
2008: Dec 29, N5410V, reg, Ryan Costo / Dago Red LLC, Leeds UT
2009: Jan, restoration, Strip down and a rework of many systems began. Dan Martin will again be the pilot for the 2009 Reno Air Races in September.

2009: May, Gasp! Dago Red is (rep.) SOLD! to past owner, Frank Taylor (Frank Taylor does not appear on any FAA paperwork since his ownership in the 80's or on Dago Red LLC), but Taylor is in charge of the delivery to Chino and the work to follow.

2009: May, Dago shipped to Chino CA, Frank Taylor heads up a crew to redo Dago Red.
2009: Jul, Taylor strips Dago of all paint/primer/bondo (months of work by Martin and crew) down to bare metal.
2009: Sep 15, United American Bank files "Certificate of Repossession of Encumbered Aircraft", by Nov 19 2010
2010: Nov 19, repossession, Bank Repo of Dago Red! - Dago Red is put up for sale by the bank as a project ...
2010: Nov, bank does not register N5410V
2010: Dec 08, N5410V, sale, Hoffman Aircraft Holdings LLC, Anchorage AK, Future unknown.

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