Wednesday 22 Apr 2015
by Nancy Fry
Sheldon Thompson, you probably bought that cylinder head from my father, Dr. David G. Fry, who owned a farm outside Ladora in the time frame you mentioned. My dad was also the dentist who Caroll Daringer mentioned as having crashed with Dr. Byram in 1967. My dad and Doc Byram were great flying buddies back in the day. I have been interested in P-51 Mustangs ever since my childhood because of my dad and Doc Byram. Doc Byram died in Mexico in 1978 doing what he loved - flying a P-51 back to the states.
Monday 20 Apr 2015
by Zaven Melkonian
I live close to the Oakland International Airport, so I often saw "Jack's TOOTIE III" in flight or on the ground. One day, Jack had just returned from a local flight and parked the airplane. I engaged him in conversation, and as "airplane people" so often do, we connected. Twenty minutes later I was in the back seat heading for Howell, for one of the greatest thrills of my life. Not long afterwards, I saw him at an air show, walking with your Mom. He turned to her and said, "This is one of the very few people who have flown in the back seat of my airplane". I was amazed that he remembered me. We had a number of brief conversations at Lycon afterwards, and I found him to be a very gregarious person who just loved to fly! He'd say, "I'm out here every Wednesday. Stop by and if I don't have someone in the back seat, we'll go flying". His death really saddened me. May he rest in Peace.
Thursday 26 Mar 2015
by Christopher Knapp
Found a news paper on the incident.
Tuesday 24 Mar 2015
by David Lawrence
In 1983 Piper Aircraft leased N286JB from Don Whittington. We used this aircraft for proficiency and Chase during the Enforcer Development Program in Lakeland, Florida. I flew this great aircraft for almost 100 hours. Great Fun. There were two other pilots that logged time in the aircraft - Larry Lee and Jerry Singleton flew proficiency and chase flights. On a flight to Orlando Executive to get the radiator repaired by Pet and Richard Lauderback I gave Lee Lauderback (Stallion 51) a ride and promptly ground looped the aircraft on landing - Darrel Skurrich rebuilt the aircraft in Fort Collins, CO. When the ground loop occurred, there was a left quartering headwind (8 - 10 knots) - I learned why you don't three point a Mustang with clipped ailerons. From then on, I tucked my silk scarf in my flight suit and did only tail low wheel landings - even an arrogant test pilot can learn a thing or two.
Friday 13 Mar 2015
Mr. Yoak's information is incorrect in that Tom Summers never owned N51JB. Summers was hired to fly and race the airplane by my uncle, Jerald L. Baker, who owned it at that time. I have pictures of the airplane (unpainted) back to 1970 when it was based at Conroe, Texas and later (painted as pictured) when it was at David Hooks Airport in Tomball, Texas and at Harlingen, Texas. The Mustang was registered to my aunt, Jessie Adele Baker, when it was purchased by Mr. Beasly. Summers earned a rebuke by claiming the Mustang's ownership when interviewed at the Reno Air Races by a leading aviation magazine (it came out as "Tom Summers, in his N51JB...."). The Mustang was later flown by both Jerald and Adele but no longer raced.
Thursday 05 Mar 2015
by Bob Gruenhagen
Photo of CF-LOR about 1964 is in book,"Mustang-The Story of the P-51 Fighter", page 169, taken on The ANG ramp Great Falls, Montana.
Marked for Milt Harradence and South Alberta Squadron of the Confederate Air Force. Accompanied by Jerry in CF-LOQ. Got a free ride that day.
Harradence involved in import paper work for Connie Edwards
Battle of Britain collection which recently sold..
Tuesday 03 Mar 2015
by bob keil
i rode with lefty in this mustang in 1982. after eating dinner with him at his home we went for a ride that i will cherish for the rest om my life. i took a picture of his mustang and it looks just like the picture on internet. i love the mustang and think of lefty and his ride all the time. thanks thanks
Saturday 21 Feb 2015
by tim harlow
I was there at the airshow and saw Don when the mustang crashed and killed him. It was a horrible sight and to this day shakes me up, he was a dear friend of mine and Cookie his girlfriend had the mustang buried, such a tragic loss
Friday 20 Feb 2015
by Bill Lamb
I believe this is 44-63810 when owned by Ed Maloney at the air museum.Flown for years as Stump Jumper,now as Angels Playmate.
Thursday 19 Feb 2015
by James Hoover
Minuteman participated in the 1977 Hamilton Ontario Intl Airshow