RJ was well known and quite famous..
further site with more info and more nice pics of RJ's plane
Heres a more complete story and many more pictures of RJ's plane
I found this online....
.....I sold A68-119 to a Sydney businessman, Ray Whitbread. He flew her to Bankstown (Sydney) on 1 September 1970 where she was extensively overhauled and repainted. On 11 June 1973 he was
killed in her in a crash near Windsor NSW when, according to the Aviation Safety Network of the Flight Safety Foundation,2
the canopy detached and struck him in the head. My recollection is
different. I believe Ray was practising aerobatics for an air show at 8,000 feet doing vertical eight point upward rolls until the aircraft stalls. At that point the control surfaces must be centred or the
aircraft will fall inverted, which requires 17,000 feet to recover from. Ray had undone his seat belts and jettisoned the canopy to bale out but did not have time. The canopy was the largest piece to
survive the accident and is still in existence.
I knew RJ personally ...he had a smash repair shop at one end of the long Heathcote Road....and my brother and I had a smash shop at the other end..our two company tow trucks... were always arriving at the same car crashes..and we both flew from Bankstown..RJ's mustang was a simply beautiful restoration...sad to to see him go like that..I think he said he spent $70,000 to restore it..in about 1970ish...when you could buy a house for $15,000
Saturday 03 Dec 2016
by TIM RAWLINGS
I have s few pics of jacks p-51, my dad was a dear friend (tom rawlings). I remember when it still named "late for dinner'
Ill get me your email and i can send them . also have pics of jack spanich's skyraider.
my dad still has his stearman. hes now 73 and quit flying last year.
Sunday 27 Nov 2016
by Old Thud Man
Saw this Mustang in 64 or 65....at McCarren Field....on west side in front of old terminal building.....Was there for air race at Boulder/Henderson airport.......Pretty livery.
Friday 25 Nov 2016
by Ben Gay III
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I only check the site(s) from time-to time!
Anyway, I'd love to talk to you sometime. Send me an email at email@example.com and we'll set something up.
All the best!
Tuesday 25 Oct 2016
by Jeff Cree
I grew up watching Bud and Clyde fly out of the small runway at Clyde's off of Dewitt Rd. in Modesto. Between the two of them they had a collection of planes that made it real hard for a kid like myself not to gravitate down the road to see the airplanes. Clyde had a Great Lakes and the Knight Twister and Bud had the Stearman, an AT-6, the Bearcat and the P-51.
The Gold Coast Airshow would practice over our field just off of Parker Rd. and Dewitt Rd. I got to ride with the two of them many times and it made me want to fly. So in high school I got my ticket by training out of Hawke. The announcement of the death of Bob Hoover today made me look up Bud's name as he introduced me to Bob when I was in junior high school. I have many fond memories of watching the planes as I grew up outside of Modesto.
Wow, I am blown away! I got a call from my brother last night, who on a whim was researching my Grandfather, Fred, and came across your forum. Now, I had all but forgotten this article and the fact that I left the above comment back in 2011, and before today never had the chance to read your reply. First and foremost, thank you so much, Mr. Ben Gay III - reading your words brings tears to my eyes. As it turns out my father wasn't lying all these years!
My father was very close to my Grandfather, so it hit him hard after my Grandfather's passing in '94. However a fast life, coupled with a penchant for alcohol and cigarettes doesn't promote longevity, and sadly Fred's time ultimately came far too soon. I'm proud to say that my father see's a lot of Fred in me, the business side - NOT the flashy. When I left that comment back in 2011 I was living back home in Los Angeles. I have since moved to San Francisco and founded my own start-up, Go Host Yourself, that was almost instantly profitable.
It would be great to get you on the phone, I would love to hear more! I've re-read your words a thousand times already, they really hit home. I think all of us (MANY) grandkids would appreciate knowing more about our Grandfather, who has been gone for 22 years now. Our memories don't stretch as far, or as accurate, and I also believe you to be one of a very select few who know my Grandfather better than my old man. He'll get a real kick outta this!
Many thanks for your reply!!!I am tickled to no end. Kudos to you for continuing this site and with it their legacy's. WPP and Fred are smiling together somewhere in the cosmos knowing you keep them alive through your eloquent words and sharp memory.