About This File
FSX P-51D "Live Bait" (N551JV). This is a repaint for the Warbirdsim P-51D "Mustang Tales" and "Restored Part 2" payware addons. This repaint depicts the restored P-51D-25-NA 44-73343, registered as N551JV, owned by Lewis Air Legends, based at San Antonio, TX. Not much is known about the aircraft's history through the 1940's and 50's, but the aircraft became the famous racer "Seattle Miss" in 1964, owned by Ben Hall. It later carried the names "Esther's Mink", "Traveler" and "Miss Salmon River", always as Race #2. The aircraft was damaged in a forced landing at Reno in 1971 and then floated around as a restoration project for many years. The aircraft was acquired by Larry Thompson and sent to Midwest Aero Restorations in 2005 for ground-up restoration. During restoration the aircraft was acquired by Jon Vesley. Completed in 2010, the aircraft won the Oshkosh WWII Reserve Grand Champion award. The aircraft is finished in the authentic markings of Capt. Clayton "Kelly" Gross' P-51D "Live Bait", assigned to the 355th FS, 354th FG, 9th AF. This is part 5 of an 8 part series of Midwest Aero Mustangs. By John Terrell.