Old Crow: Restored and Brought to Life
On our quest on finding surviving and flying Mustangs, we came across no other than THE “Old Crow” P-51B Mustang!”
This was the P-51B of 1st Lt. Dean Gilmore of the USAAF. 1st Lt Dean R. Gilmore, DFC, flew 91 missions with the 111th TRS in the MTO in F-6A Mustang recon ships and also is credited with one enemy aircraft damaged in aerial combat.
On November 5, 1944, during a low-level navigation training mission around Lake Louise in Florida, Lt. Gilmore struck the water and crashed. Close by fisherman located Gilmore and brought him ashore. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it alive.
In 2001 low water levels in Lake Louisa caused the discovery of this P-51B plane wreckage.
Jack Roush purchased the wreck in 2002. It was restored back in 2004 by Restoration at Art Teeters – Cal Pacific Airmotive in Salinas, Ca.
After so much work on the fuselage, the skin, the tail, the engine and wings, the plane flew again on June 8, 2008 with Dan Martin as pilot.
Jack Roush flew her for his first and second flights in June 18, 2008 . Col. Bud Anderson, also a P-51 pilot was present to watch it. Jack gave Art Teeters a big “thumbs up” after he landed his newest P-51. Col. Anderson was recently receiving a P-51 check-out back east.
Owner: Jack Roush
Base: Livonia MI
NAA Type Conv: P-51B-1NA
Serial # 43-12252