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by Dick Phillips
Kyburz, Geffers, Sauer
Martin / Swiss Mustangs
This most probably is 44-73849 that crashed in 1984 with pilot Jack Levine being killed - see case #22 ex N835J to N51JL Martin
i agree this is 44-73849 it crashed in New Haven MI. nov 17 1984.
My wife and I get a flight on this aircraft (N51JL). I met Jack at the State Michigan Police Post at Northville, MI where I was a sergeant. My wife and and I were both pilots. Dr. LaVigne told me that he would give both my wife and a "ride". I could not believe my good luck. My wife got the first first and left went from Pontiac for about a 20 minute flight. Jack then came back and came me from Pontiac to Canton Airport and back. Thrilling beyond belief. Jack was killed sometime later (with his secretary - but I am not totally sure of that). The accident took place around Grand Haven, Mich. Place coming out of a loop and hit a farm, shed, etc.
I knew "Doc" Jack Levine. He did crash near New Haven, Card road and 26 mile road. However he was not looping. He had his nurse with him. It was her first time in an airplane. Jack had a massive heart attack and crashed through a barn at in excess of 400MPH. There was very little left of him or the plane. I use to hang around Lycon Aviation with him where the plane was maintained. He also owned an F-( Panther jet that took ten years to restore.
This Was My father Dr. Jack N. Levine. I miss him dearly. he was a great pilot and new this plane well.
I dont recall that he had a Heart attack I thought the attopsy showed Nothing , But It has been a long time.
Rest in peace Daddy.
Does anyone have any Pictures of my Fathers P51 that I could get a copy of Please let my know.
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I have pictures of both planes they sit on my office desk at home.
Dr. Jack N Levine was my father and husband to my Mother, Adrianne Levine. My fondest memories of Dads 51 would obviously be flying with him in that tiny backseat but even more would have to be the summers with Mom, Kari and David at the Detroit Airshows as a young kid...Dad would fire up "toodie two" and instantly hundreds of patrons stopped and were captivated by the thundering rumble of that merlin rolls royce engine, peoples hats n blankets ripped away,red picket fencing blown away and then he'd taxi down the runway and that awesome n powerful tankbuster would take off and join the rest of the 'warbirds of america' planes in the skies above and simply leave you in awe! Missing my old man...Love You Dad, Don