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Case 152    Sunday 21 Dec 2014 by Ben Gay III
Then Kristian's memory lives on through you! Make him proud!
All the best!
Ben Gay III
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Case 425    Saturday 20 Dec 2014 by Bill Lamb
Okay,I believe the first one is 44-74497 "Vergeltungswaffe" when owned by Hess Bomberger,later modified into a TF,now "Little Witch".The next one is 45-11381 "Glamorous Glen " when owned by Ed and Connie Bowlin,it crashed 9/6/01,the remains now owned by Jack Roush.The third one is 45-11453 "Old Crow" when owned by Mickey Rupp,it crashed 2/12/96,and I believe was parted out.The last one off to the side is 44-63507 "Double Trouble Two" when owned by Don Davidson,still flying in these colors,owned by Jerry Yagen.
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Case 152    Saturday 20 Dec 2014 by mikkoj
kristian haget that died in the krash.. he was one of my fathers best friends.. i got my oneof my names after him..
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Case 23    Friday 19 Dec 2014 by DAVID DANIELSON
Looking at this photo I can think of only one thing about it that prop on that plane is polished and I remember when my uncle Norman Danielson would do that on a P51 he would get so mad if they would fly in the rain, then he would need to redo the prop to get it to look good.
I will ask my Dad what P51 it was that he polished.
If it is the P51 that I think it is John Boulton and my uncle Norman Danielson were in it when they crashed on October 15,1975
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Case 29    Friday 19 Dec 2014 by Larry Perkins
Walter "Bud" Fountain bought the Mustang from Dr. Wolohan for $8,500.00 in 1965. I had looked at the Mustang the day before for another party who tried to buy it for $8,000.00.

I told Bud that Dr. Wolohan's Mustang was for sale for $8,500.00. He went down to Merced the following day and bought it. The purchase price included a spare engine and a ground power cart.

Bud flew the Mustang out of Modesto, California for a few years then disassembled the aircraft. The Mustang was still disassembled when Bud sold it, possibly to John Crocker.

Bud was killed in the crash of his F8F Bearcat during the 1973 Mojave Air Races. The Bearcat caught fire in flight. Bud pulled up to about three thousand feet. However, he did not get out of the aircraft before being overcome by fire. The fire was so intense that the tail control surface fabric was burned before the aircraft pitched down and impacted the ground.
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Case 424    Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 by T J Johansen
This is Cavalier N30FF which is using wrong serial # 45-11559. The photo shows the 51 shortly after return from El Salvador as part of the group Jack Flaherty recovered from said Air Force. As William Yoak says, it was later painted in a grey USAF scheme, going through several owners before being made into a TF for Max Chapman with the name "Mad Max".
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Case 163    Friday 28 Nov 2014 by jon lofgren
My father is the man who owned n6341t with the red white black and gold civil paint job that Valdo Lenoch is talking about.Dad is still here and doing well.I think the number n6341t has been written off
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Case 360    Thursday 27 Nov 2014 by Dave Snider
To Erik Nelson.

Erik, I witnessed the P-51 crash that day and I will never forget what I saw ans a 12 yr old kid. I was walking home from Torrance Beach and it was a typical late summer afternoon with the marine layer starting to move in..

I recall hearing the rumble of the Merlin engine overhead and suddenly, a sputter, one or 2 pops and an erie quiet. I looked up to see what seemed to be the plane headed upwards in a steep climb, then a stall, then a spiral downward, almost as if it was a stunt. It wasn't.

Still spiraling and headed at a 90 degree angle to Earth I knew as a 12 yr old, it was over. I had a knot in my throat and my stomach felt sick. The plane impacted and made one loud sound, almost like a sound of 2 cars impacting head on. I could hear screams of people in the distance, probably residents fleeing their homes.

As I arrived close as I could get to the accident site, there were parts strewn all over roofs of the homes, the grass parkway and the street. Cars had come to a stand still and people were running over to the crash site but, could not get too close as, it had exploded on impact, leaving a fire that was burning very hot. There was no chance of any survivors in this one.

I found out from my dad a few days later that was having a discussion with his boss at Douglas aircraft, Long Beach, who had flown a 51 during the war that, the engine had overheated causing vapor lock. The pilot instead of attempting an emergency landing on a highly populated beach, probably stalled the aircraft over the road / houses.

Another unfortunate point was that it was a conversion to a 2 place and the pilot was taking up a prospective buyer up for a ride whom, was a local banker. They both perished.
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Case 130    Wednesday 26 Nov 2014 by Ralph Boyd
I just saw this aircraft in a "nudie cutie" from 1963 (24:15 in)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057906/
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Case 152    Monday 24 Nov 2014 by Ben Gay III
Thank you, Norman!
Many people have stumbled on this site, telling me that it has helped fill-in so many blank spots for them. Please stay well and in touch!
All the best!
Ben Gay III
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