had the answer in my mailbox right after the picture was
posted on the web. Dan Johnson:
I remember seeing
that Mustang back in the 70s at Jack Sandburg's hanger in Crystal Minnesota
when I was about 17. It was Dr. Burns Byram's P51 "Tangerine" flying
out of Iowa. Former RCAF P51 9567. AF serial 44-73140 If the serial number is
correct, that makes it Petie 2nd now flying with Warbirds of Great Britain
according to [the] list of survivors.
Jim Church adds:
"Tangerine" is s/n 44-73140, c/n 122-39599. This aircraft has a
very extensive civilian history, dating back to when it was surplused from the
RCAF (Where it had served as RCAF 9567) in 1960. The first owners were James
Defuria and Fred Witts, to whom the aircraft was registered as N6337T. It then
went through a succession of owners before it wound up in the hands of the late
Dr. Burns Byram in 1967, who changed the registration to N169MD. It was at this
time that it was painted as "Tangerine." The name was later changed
to "Judy Ann," along with the registration, which became N51N. In
1978, Dr. Byram was killed in Mexico while ferrying an ex Guatemalan Mustang
back (N52HA) to the US The registration was then changed to NL51N, and it was
painted overall silver, with invasion stripes and black and white checkers on
the nose and rudder, by its new owner, Charles Ventors. The Mustang was then
sold to Carl Bradley, of the Canadian Warplane Heritage, in 1982. The Mustang
was repainted in 424 "City of Hamilton" squadron RCAF markings, with
the codes BA-U applied. This was reflected in the Canadian registration it now
wore, CF-BAU. The Mustang was virtually destroyed in a landing accident on a
small country road after suffering an engine failure in 1984. Bradley and his
passenger survived, but the Mustang was consumed by a post crash fire. The
identity of this Mustang was later used in a new Mustang rebuild performed by
Pioneer Aero, of Chino, California, who built the aircraft up for the late Doug
Arnold of Warbirds of Great Briton. This aircraft was painted in the famous
markings of Eighth Air Force, 352nd FG ace John C. Meyer, as "Petie
2nd," and it was given the registration N314BG. The Aircraft went to
England after completion, but since Doug Arnold's death, it has been operated
by his son David under the banner "Flying 'A' Services."
Mark Huismann adds:
This mustang was owned by a man named
Burns Byram. He was affectionately known as "Doc" to all his friends.
This mustang also featured a Playboy bunny head on the tail. (not visible in
this picture)Doc was from Marengo, Iowa and was a fixture at airshows during
the 70's. Previously, Doc had the mustang in a civilian paint scheme. (black,
white and gold) Sadly, Doc was killed in an accident while he was ferrying
another mustang back from South America for Lynn Florey.
Thanks to all of you for this information.
| Bill Pfeiffer
||December 11, 2009 at 11:00:35
The "TANGERINE" C5- E, was originally my Dad's P 51 Mustang in WWII, with the 357th. His name was Henry A. (Hank) Pfeiffer.
||September 18, 2010 at 13:25:09
In 1973-74 I used to see Tangerine at the Iowa City, Iowa airport.
| Pat Flanagan
||September 18, 2010 at 15:28:25
Doc was a family friend of mine. I grew up in Marengo and this was the first plane I ever rode in as a kid when Doc added a 2nd seat. I think he won the 72 Reno air race in this plane.....Great memories and has made me a life long mustang lover.
| David Garrelts
||January 16, 2011 at 15:31:55
I was good friends with someone that worked the flight line in Iowa City. He knew the doctor very well. The plane was flying out of Denver in the clouds, and the doctor smelled burnt kerosene. It turns out he was catching up to a 727.