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Case 421    Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 by dean murphy
I believe that is Paul Mantz' Excaliber(44-14097 n1202) at orange county some time in the 70's. The 'duck' in the background is obviously from murphy's war,and still in movie dress with ripped fabric!
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Case 421    Saturday 27 Sep 2014 by William Yoak
This is in fact the late E.D. Weiner's former cross-country racer N335 (S/N:44-72902). It was painted in a black and white checker-board scheme from 1965-1967. He won the Harold's club Transcontinental Trophy dash in 1965 and 1968. It was painted in a yellow and white checkerboard scheme in 1968 as was his pylon Racer N335J (Race#49), when he obtained sponsorship from Bardahl for both aircraft. He obtained sponsorship from STP prior to Reno in 1969 for N335 (race#14). Unfortunately, he was unable to compete due to having a heart attack during race week, and he died approx. one week after the races in a Reno hospital.

This aircraft is currently in storage in Mesa AZ. It has been known in recent years as the "American Dreamer". It is still under the ownership of E.d.s widow -- Valery Bonzar.
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Case 421    Saturday 27 Sep 2014 by Roger Baker
I believe it is 44-72902. I know that the photo was taken out in front of Vern Barker's hangar at Long Beach. Just like old home week.
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Case 93    Friday 12 Sep 2014 by David Lively
I had the unfortunate luck to work for Don Davis at Rocky Mountain Aviation in Casper for the spring and summer of '82. We were sometimes called over to help with the war planes. HABU was given clipped wing tips, fenced ailerons, strakes on the cooler inlet and outlet, days spent rigging the tail wheel doors, a much smaller canopy, and nitrous and water injection on what I seem to remember was a Griffon engine
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Case 421    Sunday 07 Sep 2014 by Bill Lamb
I believe this is E.D. Weiner's N335,44-72902 with its STP sponsorship paint job. Glad to see a new case,it just showed on my screen today
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Case 17    Thursday 21 Aug 2014 by Neil Burroughs
I took my private pilot's license through AFROTC at Iowa City in 1972. Tangerine was in a hangar there at the time. It's the only Mustang I've ever seen close up. Some of the information above is news to me, although I do remember reading about the crash that destroyed it at the time. I seem to recall Dr. Byrum's obit as well, but I couldn't recall his name 42 years later.
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Case 101    Tuesday 19 Aug 2014 by Fred Hogan
Actually Bill Hogan and Coutches never exchanged the actual airplanes or pieces and parts. However, they did exchange paperwork so as to get them registered through the Faa. These airplanes were still classified back then. The one in California was not in procession of the Hogans and they were restored independently. Bill Hogan's airshows with the 51 were the best, better than Hoover's. 500 mph at 20 ft off the deck is pretty exciting, especially when you're in it.
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Case 152    Sunday 17 Aug 2014 by Yolanda Garcia
Mr. Gay,

Let me tell you that I am shocked and sad to learn about Mrs. Marie's tragic death. Last thing I heard was that she remarried. I was also going to asked about Lisa, but now I know and just hopeful that she is ok. If you learn anything else about William jr. please keep me posted.

I appreciate all your information.

Regards,

Yolanda
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Case 152    Friday 15 Aug 2014 by Ben Gay III
Yolanda -
I remember you!
Sorry to tell you this, but Marie was killed in an accident on the San Rafael/Richmond Bridge several years ago.
Lisa is protected by/living with a Catholic organization in Washington or Oregon.
Will Jr. (aka "William Penn Patrick III" in the music business) was playing/working in the Bay Area the last I heard. I talked with his son (WPP's "grandson") a few times a couple of years ago.
Seems that, except for the lessons and memories we learned and created together, the Patrick family's part of that era is all but "gone with the wind."
Hope that helps you fill in some of the blanks!
All the best!
Ben Gay III
The Closers
WWW.BFG3.COM
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Case 152    Friday 15 Aug 2014 by Yolanda Garcia
Hi Mr. Gay: I worked for Mr. Willian and Mrs. Marie Patrick for 5 years babysitting William P. Jr. I lived with them in their home located in Tiburon, CA. I remember them dearly and I have so many wonderful memories. I remember like it was yesterday when I left, two weeks before the tragedy, Mr. Patrick contacted me to make sure everything was going ok with my school since I was very young at that time, he was a kindhearted man. I lost contact with Mrs. Patrick in 1977 after my wedding, she was actually my maid of honour! I am deeply happy to read all these posts and to finally find someone who was close to the Patrick's family. Do you know anything about Mrs. Patrick?? or William P. jr?? I would love to get in touch with them.
I appreciate your help and communication with me.

Sincerely,

I. Yolanda Garcia