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P-51 Who
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by Dick Phillips  
 
Baker, Kambic, Johansen  
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Roger Baker
06/28/2005 16:38
Hi Curtis and Dick, Nice to see this picture of 44-84896 (N5416V). In the olden days, everytime I was around Torrance, I would drive by this tiedown and check to see how much more of the airplane had been removed and moved. Slowly, the airplane "oozed" away, piece by piece to a storage hangar. Is it still there? Best regards, Roger
Tony Kambic
01/03/2006 12:56
I took a few photographs of this aircraft in a hangar at Torrance Airfield in 1972. At the time covers had been removed, but the owner (Ken Scholz) indicated that he was going to restore it.
Curtis Fowles
02/22/2006 22:01
Anyone know any facts (I know some rumors) about the current condition?
Robert Ruch
02/25/2006 23:46
As of 1987 Ken Scholz still owned this plane. It was reported in flying condition located at Playa Del Ray, CA.
Curtis Fowles
03/11/2006 07:45
Flying cond.? Does anyone have any pics?
John Kraman
04/12/2006 07:21
I grew up around the Torrance Airport, and remember this P-51 there in the early 70's. I would ride my red Schwinn Sting Ray to the airport and enjoyed looking at all the aircraft tied down outside..... I tried to get a peek inside the cockpit of the P-51, but all I remember is the musty smell of the canopy cover, and the dark cockpit.....
T J Johansen
05/26/2006 23:34
I went to see Ken and his P-51D in 1991. The plane was stored in his hangar together with a dismantled PT-22. It had never flown while in Ken's ownership, and I'm not so sure it will. Ken planned to restore the PT-22 first, but to the best of my knowledge that has yet to happen. But at least it is safe from the elemwents! T J
Curtis Fowles
05/31/2006 23:58
Thanks T J.
Tony Kambic
09/19/2018 16:49
This was the P-51 auctioned about 2016. A spare Merlin V1650-9 was also auctioned with it, which I had sold to Ken Scholz back in 1974.

Tony
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