Test your P-51 memory, knowledge and research ability!
by Mike Shelton
David Daly, Martin Kyburz
This mustang N8677E 44-74865 and flies as The Mormon Mustang, according to Dennis Bergstroms list this bird is still flying.
Case #95 was easy - one of the few Mustangs to retain the same civil registration since surplused form military service. This ship is 44-74865 which served with the RCAF, serialled 9258, at times serving with No. 402 Sqdn, coded AC-258. In 1959 this a/c was s.o.c. by the RCAF and sold to the U.S. (Aero Enterprises , James Defuria), becoming N8677E. Ownership changed 1961 to Walter Erickson, 1965 to Don Novas and sometime 1998 to Gene Mallette. Today, the a/c is flying as 'Mormon Mustang' in the colours of the 357th FG 364th FS.
In 1965 I got to fly her three times with Don Novas in the back seat out of Blackfoot, Idaho, when I was attending the Navy Nuclear Power School at NPTU Idaho. My father was a Navy Pilot who started my flying at 13 on a Ryan STA and Fairchild 24.
I don't know the other Gentleman but I do Know Richard McPherson, if he says he flew it then I believe him without Question.
I was actually fortunate enough to get two rides with Gene Mallette in his P-51D Mustang. It was back in 2001 and each ride was close to 2 hrs in duration. Aircraft name My Sweet Mary Lou. Aircraft # N8677E