The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 235
44-73871     N7098V     Closed
Solved by: Jim Church
P-51 Who 235
Case#: 235
Date: Dec 30 2002
By: Dick Phillips
Photo: Chino 1991
Status: Closed
Serial: 44-73871
Registry: N7098V
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
Curtis Fowles
12/31/2002 00:18
I'll give you a hint: the Nnumber ends in "V". Sorry, not much help. But notice a TF with a short tail...
Roger Baker
01/17/2003 21:02
I gotta' admit I don't know what airplane this is...and the hint about the N number ending in V hasn't helped. As a guess, I would have said Bormon's N50FS...but doesn't work with the N number V. So, my real guess is that it is one of the TF conversions done by Elmer Ward/Square One at Chino (but I don't know which one). Bormans TF was built up from A68-187 and supposedly incorporated parts of 44-74839 which was registered N909V...see, there's an N number ending in V! I'll keep thinking on this...
Curtis Fowles
01/19/2003 22:15
Nice try Roger, but it is not N909V. I'll give you and everyone else another hint (this hint should solve it). This is the first photo of this P-51 that I have seen and to my knowledge it exists today.
Curtis Fowles
02/07/2003 08:54
OK, I can see this one is tough. It is a low tail TF. It does exist today, but it is not seen on the net at all. I have found zero pics of it. However, it is the centerfold of the most expensive P-51 Mustang book that I have ever seen.Dick recently mailed me this book to check out. There are dozens of excellent color photos of this P-51 and of another then called "Checkmate". The book was published in 1997.Good Luck.
Jim Church
02/12/2003 08:34
O.K., this has gone on long enough! ;-) This would be TF-51D N7098V, s/n 44-7387, rebuilt by Pioneer Aero Service Inc. for the late Doug Arnold's Warbirds of Great Britain collection. It is now in storage in Florida. I'd love to get a copy of the expensive P-51 book that Ethell made, I just saw Mike Vadeboncouer's copy a few weeks ago..... WOW!!!! Anyone know where I could get a copy? Jim
Curtis Fowles
02/12/2003 23:04
Thanks Jim and Roger. Thank you Dick for the photo and the look at the book.
Case Closed!
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