04/30/2012. This is one of only two P-63Fs produced (s/n 43-11719,
43-11722) and the only survivor. Flown in April 1945, it came on the civil US registry a year later, registered to H.L. Pemberton as NX1719, and flew as Bendix Racer number 21. Up to 1981 it had six successive owners, was reregistered N442, then N447AG, and as last N6763; it flew as Racer number 28, 4, and 6.
On August 21, 1981, it was registered to the Confederate Air Force (CAF) at Harlingen, Texas, still as N6763, and was given a bogus Soviet color scheme. September 6, 1991, it was registered to the American Airpower Heritage Museum at Midlands, Texas, still flown by the CAF, which was renamed Commemorative Air Force in 2002.
Note the fake exhaust stack hung over the nose by thin ropes.