A broken yet flyable P-51.
This Mustang has an air racer heritage -
1946: 26th June - sold surplus
1946: NX37492 (Ron Freeman) race #37 "Wraith", then "Jay Dee"
1946: out of race, lap 2
1947: out of race, lap 6
1948: out of race, pat 18 of 20
1949: Sohio Trophy Race 6th at 373 mph (last air race)
1963: N37492 (Edward Fisher)
1969: (John Dilley)
1977: (Max Ramsay)
1981: N51DH (Consolidated Airways)
1985: restored in Chino (Frank Stricker) '85-'86
1986: (Lewis Shaw), (Evergreen Heritage Collection)
2007?: rep. name change to "Skytalker".
This aircraft now represents the Oregon Air National Guard lineage -
The 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron was redesignated as the 123rd Fighter Squadron (SE) (Single Engine) and allocated to the State of Oregon National Guard, effective 26 June, 1946. At a similar time, and as part of a larger ANG reorganization, the 371st Fighter Group was allocated to the State of Oregon, and redesignated as the 142nd Fighter Group on May 24, 1946. The 123rd FS (SE) fell under the 142nd Fighter Group at Portland Air Base. The 142nd inherited the lineage and honors of the 371st FG, which flew combat missions with the P-47 Thunderbolt in the European Theater of Operations in World War II and received a Distinguished Unit Citation for exceptional heroism in 1945. Thus the 142nd FG began fighter operations for the first time in the North American P-51D Mustang with 75 officers and 800 enlisted. men.