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
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.
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.