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44-74923 PH-JAT "Trusty Rusty"
Early Birds Foundation, Lelystad Netherlands
P-51 Survivor 44-74923 PH-JAT
Status: Flying!
NAA Type: P-51D-30NA
Serial #: 44-74923
Adopted:
44-11353
Registry: PH-JAT
.. past:   N5438V
  N132
  N100DD
  N345
  N6395
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History: 44-74923 PH-JAT "Trusty Rusty"

194?: 4126th AAF Base Unit, San Bernardino, Ca
1947: Sep - 4121st AF Base Unit Kelly AFB, San Antonio Tx
1947: Dec - 27th FG SAC Kearney AFB NE
1948: Nov - 188th FS Kirtland AFB NM ANG
1951: May - Long Beach AFB CA
1952: Dec - 4750th Training Group Yuma AFB AZ
1953: Dec - 133rd FIS Grenier AFB NH ANG
1954: May 168th FBS Chicago, IL ANG
1956: Oct - Surplus - Air Material Command, McClellan AFB Sacramento Ca

1957: Sep - N5438V, Joe K Hammer / Hammer Cropdusters Inc, Sacramento Ca
1963: N5438V, JJ Wolohan, Livingston CA
1966: Walter Fountain / Hawke Dusters, Modesto CA
1969: Salvadorena FAS 410

1974: return to US (rep. wrecked), adopted 44-11353
1974: N132, Donald R Alderson, Saugus CA
1978: N100DD, Don Alderson and Dave Clinton - "Doubleknit Doon"
1981: John Sandberg, Robstown TX - rebuilt "Tipsy Too"
1982: raced at Reno, Jim Orton pilot, 5th Silver at 348 mph
1983: raced at Reno, Chuck Hall pilot, blew engine in Medallion Heat 2 on 9/15, bellied in Lemon Valley, no injuries
1984: N345, Gary Levitz
1987-92: raced in Reno Air Races "Miss Ashley" #38
1994: N6395, Shelly Levitz, Phoenix AZ
1995: Mar - crated and shipped to Netherlands from Kissimmee FL
1999: Early Bird Collection
2004: pulled out of crates, restoration to airworthy
2010: Restoring to Capt. Robert P. Winks "Trusty Rusty"
2010: Nov - first engine runs. Hopeful to fly by end of Dec 2011
2012: March - First flight in many, many years! Congrats to the Early Bird Foundation
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