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Case 50    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
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Case 158    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
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Case 426    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.
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Case 248    Thursday 19 Feb 2015 by James Hoover
Minuteman participated in the 1977 Hamilton Ontario Intl Airshow
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Case 116    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.
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Case 325    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
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Case 67    Saturday 07 Feb 2015 by D froats
CF-LOR WAS OWNED BY DON FROATS OF FROATS AVIATION IN 1969/EARLY 1970
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Case 152    Thursday 05 Feb 2015 by Ben Gay III
Thank you for your additional input, Norman! Please stay well and in touch.
All the best!
Ben Gay III
The Closers
bfg3@directcon.net
WWW.BFG3.COM
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Case 360    Thursday 05 Feb 2015 by ERIK Nelso
Hello Dave, thank you so much. I should check this more often. I am still doing research and will post anything new that I find.
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Case 152    Thursday 05 Feb 2015 by Norman Oss
I just read everyone's comments again and loved them. Brought back a lot of memories. I worked in the mailroom at HM for quite some time before becoming Roland's personal secretary, which was a big change for me. Wearing suits every day and traveling the world over was quite the thrill for me. I remember all of the LDI classes because I had to assist in setting them up, though I never took one. I always remember the eagles of course, as I was trained the handle them and take them on trips with us to places like NY and Chicago. Not easy taking a wild bird to giant ballrooms and cutting him loose to fly from the back to the front, where Roland had a glove and a piece of meat. Always brought the house down. I had the time of my life in those days, constantly on the go. I remember most of the people talked about on this site and once in awhile helping with WPP's kids. I was never involved much with the business end or being a distributor as such, just a young man barely out of the service and Vietnam and becoming a private personal secretary to Roland Nocera. Quite the man and I loved what I did. I have many stories from those days, some hard to believe, but I lived them up until WPP's death. Tragic loss and everyone was completely stunned. I still have my address book with hundreds of names of people who worked there and ones we always had to contact. I am also glad Ben Gay has commented on here. I remember him mostly when I was in the mailroom. I lived close by and will never forget 616 Canal Street. Anyone that has any questions from those days feel free to visit me on FB.