07/31/2009. Produced as a P-51D-25-NT under s/n 44-84753, the air craft was delivered to the USAAF in June 1945. In 1963 it came on the FAA Registry as N5436V, registered to Robert L. Rodman of Fullerton, California. By the time it was registered to Les Grant of Santa Barbara in 1966, it was finished, as pictured, in red with black stripes outlined in white.
On June 24, 1979, the aircraft was registered as N51TC to Ted Contri of Reno, Nevada, who owned it till 1986. (Contri bought another Mustang, a
P-51D-30-NA, c/n 122-41549, s/n 44-75009, named Rosalie, that was also, and still is as of this day, registered N51TC.)
In November 1986 the registration N51BE was reserved but not taken up, instead it was registered as N251BP in February 1987, to Robert J. Pond of Planes of Fame East, at Plymouth, Minnisota, wearing its original s/n
44-84753, coded RJ-P and named Mighty Moose.
On March 18, 1999, the aircraft was registered to Bernie F. Jackson of Paulsbo, Washington, and in2001it was labeled RCAF 753 and named The Vorpel Sword. It was involved in a landing mishap at Minden, Nevada in December 2005, suffering damage that took a year to repair. It was re-flown in January 2007, finished in bare metal and a red star at the fuselage, and named Tati.