BuNo 92471

Current Civil Registration Number N773RD

BuNo 92471 spent its entire service life with stateside Reserve Training Squadrons before being retired in 1957.  It was immediately set aside for export to the Fuerza Area Salvadorena (Salvadoran Air Force) in Central America where it fell into derelict status prior to the 1969 war with Honduras.

In 1972, Bob Hood of St. Louis, MO purchased BuNo 92471 from the FAS and returned the dismantled fighter to his farm where it remained in deep storage for the next seventeen years.  Hood sold the plane in 1988 and it was shuffled between a couple of owners before its restoration finally caught traction with Harry Tope of Kalamazoo, MI in 1990. 

The project had hardly gotten underway when Harry Tope lost his life in the crash of his P-51D Mustang at an air show in Canada in July of 1990.  The project was again put on hold until Harry’s widow finally made the decision to part with it in 1995.

Ray Dieckman of Corona Del Mar, California, CA purchased BuNo 92471 and spent the next five years transforming the fighter back to award winning condition as ‘Marines Dream’.  Upon roll out to an anxious crowd in early 2000, it was discovered that an engine bearing had gone bad. A replacement engine was found and within a few weeks of its original unveiling, 'Marine's Dream' was up and flying and headed for Oshkosh. In 2005, Marines Dream was sold to PA lawyer Tom Duffy who maintains and flies her regularly at air shows in the Eastern US.

 

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BuNo 92471 - Sept 2002 - Mike SchneiderJim Sullivan Collection BuNo 92471 - Sept 2002 - Mike Schneider BuNo 92471 - Sept 2002 - Mike Schneider
BuNo 92471 - 2005 Mark Morris BuNo 92471 - 2002 Rob Mears BuNo 92471 Mint Moore Collection
BuNo 92471 - 2005 Peter Guyton BuNo 92471 - Sept 2002 Mike Schneider BuNo 92471 2004 - Mint Moore


Take a ride in Marines Dream.

 


BuNo 92471