Test your P-51 memory, knowledge and research ability!
by TJ Johansen
Roger Baker, Dick Phillips, John Knight
P-51 Who? is back!
My guess is 44-84896 as hangared at Torrance, CA By the way, great to see P-51 Who? back in action!!
Yes, it is indeed N5416V 44-84896, owned by Ken Scholz and hangared at Torrance.
I remember this P-51 sitting in the weeds at Torrance back around 1968. The radiator was missing (looks like it still is). Somewhere I have a picture of myself as a 10 year old boy looking dreamily into the cockpit.
nice anybody fixin it up?
44-84896 was assigned to my squadron from 1947-1953.
I have a lot of time with this old lovely. I know it was sold in 1957. The Radio compass mod was after sale as we never had that in the service. Bob
In the mid 60's as a 10year old, my brother dragged me on bikes from Redondo Beach to see the P-51's at the Torrance Airport. There were two sitting in the weeds near the tower for sale ($13,000 each I think) and we climbed up to look into the cockpit and dreamed of buying and flying them. One took off on a test flight sometime later and crashed into a wall just over Palos Verdes Blvd 1/2 mile short of the ocean. To this day, when I visit Redondo Beach, I drive past that crash site and can still see where the repaired portion of the wall is. I am convinced that pilot knew he could not make the ocean and put that plane between the Blvd and the homes on the other side of the wall. A true hero in my mind.