Tuesday 15 Apr 2014
by Kristine Peterson-Walsh
Hello All, I am one of Vern Peterson's 4 children. My Dad was always quite the dare devil and loved flying and being in the heavens more than walking on the earth! All of his acrobatic flights started when he was in his 20's. My Mother often recalls her 1st date being flown over Malibu upside down in an open cockpit without a seat belt! ~ It's hard to believe that Dad would ever not sump water off the fuel tank. He was a real detailed guy when it came to his "Baby P-51 Mustang-Baby. I am so glad that he touched so many with his charity flights across the US and to individuals who wished for an exciting and literal uplifting experience! Dad, you are always in our hearts!
Friday 11 Apr 2014
by John Knight
Of course I know this Mustang. I rode in it back around 1970 when it was N22DC. It was based at Torrance, CA. If only I had checked this site earlier I could have been the hero who solved it.
Saturday 05 Apr 2014
by Darlene Broumley-Jenkins
I am Stan's youngest daughter, Darlene. Dad had 4 children. I enjoyed the times I flew with dad. He was very skilled as a flyer and the plane was beautiful
Saturday 22 Mar 2014
by Curtis Fowles
This one is unknown to me and Don Vance. I put a good amount of time into it before posting it trying to come up with a solution. There is not much to go on and what you can match can be changed. I have narrowed it down to my 2 best guesses.
45-11546 N51JW - came back from the Philippines in 1971.
44-74497 N6320T - restored 70/71
N51JW was located in the SF Bay Area. Both have matching parts.
Friday 21 Mar 2014
by John Seidel
My father owned the plane until 70's was told that it was the Widowmaker markings during Korean War before being sold for civilian use and painted with red white rising sun paint scheme. He sold it to Clay Clabo who raced it at Reno as Iron Mistress then as Fat Cat.
Monday 17 Mar 2014
by Sheldon Thompson
I never had the chance to meet any of the owners of the tangerine or see the plane in person. I did have however have the chance to own the A bank cylinder head off of one of her engines.
I found it in a corn crib near Ladora Ia and purchased it from the gentleman who received it from one of docs family members after his death as he was one of docs friends. It was manufactured by acme,and in very serviceable shape with little rework required.
It is now owned by central cylinder service in omaha.
I am Stan's granddaughter. Do you know the name if the person who died with him?
Saturday 15 Mar 2014
by Floyd Webb
Mr Wheeler is correct, the Sept 1968 Air Progress has an article titled "So you'd like to fly a fighter plane" by Mike Dillon. Interesting read. Can anybody out there identify the individual on page 20 standing next to the P-51?
Friday 14 Mar 2014
by Bill Lamb
I believe this is (might be) 45-11546. A 1972 photograph as N51JW shows common antennas,non cuffed prop,and hump on canopy.
It did service with the Philippine Air Force as RP-C1046,so traces of green on canopy rail and wingtip would be consistent.
Destroyed in a fatal crash in 1982 with owner John Wright.
Thursday 13 Mar 2014
by Bill Wheeler
I'd like to add a small bit to the history of this Mustang. In 1968 I was a young kid in love with aviation. I'd regularly ride my bicycle out to the local airports to spend time looking at airplanes and dreaming of the day when I would be able to get my pilot's license. In mid-1968, on a ride to Falcon Field, in Mesa, AZ, I spotted a beautiful red, white & black P-51D, N-number N6522D. The aircraft belonged to Charles "Chas" Harral, the owner and chief pilot of Superstition Air Service. I found out that Mr. Harral would give rides in the Mustang for $50 for 30 minutes. I saved up my paper route earnings until I had $50. In August of 1968, I got my ride with Mr. Harral in '22D. It was an incredible experience that I can still remember to this day. Mr. Harral passed away several years ago, and N6522D now resides at an aviation museum in the Netherlands, but I will always be grateful to "Chas" for giving me the chance to ride in his Mustang! P.S. There was an article in Air Progress Magazine--I believe it was the Sept. 1968 issue--about the hazards of flying warbirds, especially low-altitude, low-airspeed go-arounds--that included several photos of N6522D to help illustrate the article.