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.
Thursday 05 Mar 2015
by Bob Gruenhagen
Photo of CF-LOR about 1964 is in book,"Mustang-The Story of the P-51 Fighter", page 169, taken on The ANG ramp Great Falls, Montana.
Marked for Milt Harradence and South Alberta Squadron of the Confederate Air Force. Accompanied by Jerry in CF-LOQ. Got a free ride that day.
Harradence involved in import paper work for Connie Edwards
Battle of Britain collection which recently sold..
Tuesday 03 Mar 2015
by bob keil
i rode with lefty in this mustang in 1982. after eating dinner with him at his home we went for a ride that i will cherish for the rest om my life. i took a picture of his mustang and it looks just like the picture on internet. i love the mustang and think of lefty and his ride all the time. thanks thanks
Saturday 21 Feb 2015
by tim harlow
I was there at the airshow and saw Don when the mustang crashed and killed him. It was a horrible sight and to this day shakes me up, he was a dear friend of mine and Cookie his girlfriend had the mustang buried, such a tragic loss
Friday 20 Feb 2015
by Bill Lamb
I believe this is 44-63810 when owned by Ed Maloney at the air museum.Flown for years as Stump Jumper,now as Angels Playmate.
Thursday 19 Feb 2015
by James Hoover
Minuteman participated in the 1977 Hamilton Ontario Intl Airshow
Wednesday 18 Feb 2015
by Bob Notson
Wallys bird came out of Canadian surplus sometime in the 60's. I found Wallys Mustang in the early 70's when I was learning to fly at Boeing Field and he was having the engine overhauled by mostly hydroplane mechanics that were also based on Boeing Field at that time. The hanger faced the runway taxiway and so the "public" could'nt see it from the road. I came taxiing in one day and the doors were open so it was in full view. Needless to say I put the Citabra away and found my way back to that hanger. I hung on the rope separating the airplane from the rest of the world. Soon I was cleaning the floor and tools around the hanger. I was there every night and weekend until the engine overhaul project was completed. Wally would sometimes fly over in his Cessna 310 to check on the project during the weeks it was laid up. One of the final checks before flight was a five minute full power engine run up. We had to chain the tail down to a hard point in the taxi way near the runway and let it rip. We had dust from one end of Boeing field to the other from the propwash. After it was returned to flight status Wally was very generous in giving rides to the mechanics and myself. He did several airshows around the sound in the following weeks and I had to follow him to see him and the airplane fly. If Wally saw you standing in the crowd he would lift the barrier rope up and get a folding chair and sit you under the wind of his airplane. It finally came time for him to take his airplane home and he didnt have a passenger so I volunteered to ride with him and I didnt care if I had to walk back to Seattle. We took ride over the Cascades and then a quick drop down over the Lake and up the other bank to his House in Manson and as we came up off the water he rolled the airplane inverted and said someone was in his pool.
Friday 13 Feb 2015
by Gary lambert
Thanks for posting, max was a great man! He always took time to explain things he was working on when I would see him with Boomer. Fortunately I have been able to view the rebuilt Boomer a few years back after it was destroyed in s fire, I think max would be proud