1959: N5471V, Trans Florida Aviation
1963: N5471V, Vulcan Engineering Co Inc, Little Rock AR
1970: N5471V, Jack Huismann / Mustang Corp, civi-paint: red bottom, white top, with black stripe
From Tom Huismann:
This P-51 was owned by my father, Jack. He originally purchased the airplane with two other pilots, each put up $5000. The airplane was based at the Waukesha County airport. A short time later, dad bought the other two pilots out. In 1971, after an extensive overhaul with the help of ex-Wisconsin Air Guard P-51 mechanics, my father repainted 71V in the colors of William Shomo's "The Flying Undertaker."
Due to financial problems, my dad had to sell the Undertaker in 1974. Selling price at that time was $54,000. Not a bad profit from the original $15,000, however, I wish we could have kept it. I was lucky to get many flights in the airplane, but I wish that it could have remained in my family long enough so I would have gotten a chance to fly it.
1974: sold as "The Flying Undertaker"
1978: Ed Browning / Brownings Inc, Roberts ID
1981: Jun 6, crashed near Casper WY
1983: rebuilt as "Flying Undertaker" #66
1983: Jul/Aug at EAA Oshkosh as N5471V
1983: Sep, C-GRLR, Ritchie Rasmussen
1985: Apr 16, N151MR, Mickey Rupp, Port Salerno FL
1985: Jul/Aug at EAA Oshkosh as "Snooks 5th"
1985: Sep, N551CB, Connie Bowlin, Griffin GA
1990: Jul 10, N551CB, Gary Honbarrier, High Point NC, "Glamorous Glen III"
2001: 6th September "Glamorous Glen III Crashed":
45-11381, N551CB, owned by Gary Honbarrier was being flown by Jeff Michael (owner of 44-74936 "Obsession") on Thursday, 6th September, when the P-51 had cooling problems and lost power. After being vectored by ATC to the nearest airport, the engine totally quit, sending them (Jeff and Butch Cauble) through the cloud deck. They came out at about 1200'agl and the plane was clear so they jumped! They are lucky to be alive from a very low altitude jump.
The P-51 was on its way from Salisbury to Springfield, Ohio for a private 357th FG reunion. They filed an IFR flight plan (we don't know if they were in any actual IFR conditions except for the emergency descent). The Charlotte tower received a radio call saying they had engine overheating trouble. They were then vectored to Lincoln County Regional Airport (IPJ). They couldn't make it after losing all power, going down six miles east of the airport, at 11:20AM.
Not all warbird pilots wear parachutes when just flying around, but many do when going cross-country. In this case, being able to parachute to safety was certainly the difference between life and death.
We are very glad to hear that Mr. Michael made it out safe and so did Butch Cauble. The P-51 was destroyed in the crash as a fire started on impact. Both the pilot and the passenger did a heck of a job getting out and getting their chutes opened in just enough time for a "safe" landing. Michael was stuck in a tree for a while and Cauble was taken to a medical center with injuries.
2006: Nov 29, N51CY, Jack Roush, Livornia MI
2019: Oct 16, N51CY, Oklahoma P-47 LLC, Oklahoma City OK