The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 16
44-84753     N51TC     Closed
Solved by: Dan Martin, Jim Church
P-51 Who 16
Case#: 16
Date: May 26 1999
Photo: Gathering of Warbirds
Madera, Ca early 80's
Status: Closed
Serial: 44-84753
Registry: N51TC
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
Dan Martin
05/29/1999 20:12
Mustang at Madera was that of Ted Contri. It went to Bob Pond, then to Bernie Jackson. Depending on what year it was taken at Madera, that could be me flying it.
06/01/1999 12:00
Well, Jim missed it the first try but regrouped and nailed it on the second try.
He had the correct owner, but the wrong P-51.
James Church
06/03/1999 14:06
" So here goes my second attempt...... Could it be Bernie Jackson's N251BP, s/n 44-84753? He purchased it from Bob Pond, through Courtesy Aircraft, in 1998. When it was owned by Bob Pond, it was known as "Mighty Moose," and its paint scheme loosely (very loosely) represented the mount of 357th FG ace M.A. "Moose" Beacraft. Before Pond purchased the aircraft in 1986, it had been owned by Ted Contri, of Reno, Nevada. It was one of two Mustangs owned by him over the years to carry the same registration of N51TC. I believe your photo shows it during this period. Before that, it was registered N5436V, and was based in California. "
06/05/1999 12:00
Ted owned this aircraft at the time of the photo but might not have been the pilot. During this time period, Dan Martin was known to be flying this P-51 at times. His Ridge Runner III was down for repairs.
Case Closed!
P-51 Mustang

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