Monday 27 Jul 2015
by Jay Arment
I recall seeing the P-51D perform at an airshow in Athol, Idaho int the late 1970's. ("One Man's Pleasure" had a fire engine-red paint scheme with yellow accents.) The next day, she was a total loss because she was stored in a hanger that burned to the ground. The only thing left was engine parts, a bit of airframe, and partial skeletons of her aluminum wheels. WHAT A LOSS!
Saturday 25 Jul 2015
by Robert Lindsay
This photograph was taken during development of the tip-tank modification. N5421V was the prototype for certification of the tip-tank STC. Pilot is the late William P. Brownell, test pilot for the tip-tank project. Brownell was later project manager for the first RR-Dart powered prototype, used as a proof-of-concept for the later Enforcer with the Lycoming T-55.
Saturday 18 Jul 2015
by Charles Irvin
I just re-visited this site, and stumbled across the photo of this aircraft as "Tally Ho II": last time I saw Fred in a P-51, it was this aircraft, in that color scheme. However, it was before the name Tally Ho II, the number 51, or the nose art had been added. He flew it into/out of Compton Airport the day that I saw it. (I kind of recall that he had it there for a few days)
On a side note: there's a park at the west end of Compton Airport, that has tennis courts. The courts are located right at the eastern end of the park, along Central Avenue, across the street from the west end of the 25 Runways. Fred loved to buzz them as he departed the airport - so low, that he often had a majority of the P-51 in-between the light poles at the tennis courts, as he flew over the park!
I may know a little more info on this aircraft. As Fred's sister mentioned above, I don't know if Fred ever actually owned this aircraft, though he was known for being a "wheeler/dealer" in P-51's and parts, I know that several passed through his hands.
Saturday 04 Jul 2015
by Kevin Dawson
My dad and I flew up to the Reno Air Races in 1970. He brought a super 8mm camera and took film of Bob Hoover flying a black Mustang with red trim, marked n3580. Dad just had the film digitized and have just watched it. Seeing the reg number, I thought I'd google it to see what information I could find and it lead me here. He actually took quite a bit film at Reno. Dad was a career engineer with North American and quite fond of Hoover.
Wednesday 24 Jun 2015
by mike chavarria
i hired on with continental in july 79 as an aircraft mechanic it was shortly after that i transfered to the terminal 6 and i met ken s , the gentlmen standing on the wing of that p-51. manny stores have gone around on how he porcured that acft and how much he paid . im sure his sprit will be on board when this acft makes its frist flight .
Sunday 21 Jun 2015
by pete hodgdon
this 51 looks like one that was crated up at pylon air long beach, ca 1972
Saturday 20 Jun 2015
by T J Johansen
I think this is 44-74960 N5459V in the same red/ white colors as it wears in case #343. If I remember correctly that photo was shot at Palwaukee Airport in IL, and I'll make the suggestion that this is also shot there. Date unknown but in the 60s.
Wednesday 03 Jun 2015
by Sharon Kestle Cobb
Hi...Realizing today was the anniversary of my father's death in June, 1972 I perused the internet and found this site. I agree that the plane in the picture does look like Dick Kestle's P51. I'm that youngest daughter of Richard Keith Kestle. Sharon Lee Kestle Cobb. He does visit me sometimes!!! I was 12 in 1972.
Monday 01 Jun 2015
by Jerry Hayes
Does any one know to contact Robin Collard?
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.