Thursday 10 Aug 2017
by B J Baldursson
44-84857 is not on the list of the 25 Mustangs which actually were deployed to Iceland in 1952. 10 aircraft out of the 35 aircraft which were readied for the journey to Iceland, were left behind in the USA.
According to written personal notes from Col. Robert W. Gruenhagen (flight chief, line chief and quality control inspector of the F-51 Mustangs stationed at Keflavik airbase in 1952) the following 25 Mustangs were deployed to Iceland:
Col. Robert W. Gruenhagen is the author of “Mustang – The Story of the P-51 Fighter” Arco, N.Y., Revised edition (1976), ISBN-10: 0668039124, ISBN-13: 978-0668039123 and a well-known expert on the P-51.
Sunday 06 Aug 2017
by Charles Irvin
I'm presuming that this is in fact, Roger Wolfe's former P-51...
I ventured into the Freightliner dealer in Sparks, Nevada, yesterday, to pick up some parts, and a somewhat boisterous & colorful older gentleman truck driver (70's) walks in, starts going on about an exhaust pipe for his truck, and throws in a comment about a P&W R-1340 out of the blue! Having spent several years around those when in grade school, I began chatting with him, and he matter-of-factly mentioned having had a P-51 once, and having raced it a few times, and so I began chatting with him, and it turned out to be none other than Mr. Wolfe himself!
It took a while to get the answer out of him as to why he sold the plane. His answer: "I up-graded to a T-33, that got me into nothing but trouble!". I asked him about air racing, and he was a bit bitter about it: he talked about the cost to enter a P-51 into the Air Races, versus what you could win - that age old argument.
We ended up talking for a good 2 hours about all kinds of things (he tends to kind of ramble on from one topic to another, though he's still sharp as a tack). He told me how he was able to buy the plane: seems he had been crop dusting since before he had his license(!), and was making upwards of $1000 per day back then! He said toys were easy to get back then. So, a Mustang was a drop in the bucket. (I think he was about 29-30 when he bought it)
Meanwhile, the guy behind the parts counter is kind of blowing off everything Mr. Wolfe was saying (and Mr. Wolfe could tell, and was having fun with it), not seeming to believe any of it. So, since I had never met him, and wanted to see if he was on the level, I asked him whom he sold the plane to, and he answered "Bob Guilford".
That was a name I hadn't heard in a good 20 years, and it was good enough for me. In the end, the parts guy, I think, realized that this wasn't just some eccentric...
So, I thought I'd tell this story here, where it apparently belongs. If anybody would like to chat with him, he did give me his card, and it's got his email address on it.
Wednesday 02 Aug 2017
by Allen Robinson
This airplane is the reason I am a warbird fanatic! I lived in N.Syracuse behind Mickey's Bait Shop on South Bay Rd. I was around 9 or 10 and used to ride my 20" single speed stingray bicycle to Brewerton just to play on this plane! Then one day it was gone. I have been to Oshkosh and have talked to P-51 owners, nobody had ever heard of the P-51 in the weeds sitting next to Rt.11. Thank You Google!!!
Friday 28 Jul 2017
by Ben Gay III
I remember your mother, having met her at least once. She shared the name "Frances" with my mother. And based on when you lived at High Valley Ranch, probably met you!
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if I may answer any questions for you (read the previous posts for how I fit into the the personal/corporate history of Bill, Marie and the company).
Ben Gay III
Former President/Holiday Magic, etc.
Monday 17 Jul 2017
by Rebecca Kestle
Angie Whitehead Giovenco, I would love to see the photos. My email is email@example.com
Sunday 09 Jul 2017
by Robin Collord
This photo is, in fact 63810. It was taken at the Fullerton , Calif. Airport on the day I removed it from the Planes of Fame Museum in Buena Park. I had just bought it from Maloney and was taking it to Chino for rebuild.i
Thursday 29 Jun 2017
by Jerry Mason
N5428v 44-173264 CAF Gunfighter
Thursday 29 Jun 2017
by Jerry Mason
This picture is the CAF Gunfighter. Restoration after crash in the late 70s. I would need to check the logs and some of the workers of the time. They are in a hangar at Offutt AFB Omaha. Reg Urschler was Wing Commander. Note the CAF hat worn by one of the guys. Jay Johnson is at the prop. It was his engine. We still use to tow bar in the forground.
Jerry Mason crew chief.
Wednesday 28 Jun 2017
by Robert DeGeneres
T J Watson had IBM connections when I first met him. Tom Watson was his father who when running IBM helped the Nazis with the Holocaust. IBM supplied punch cards so he Germans could keep track of the Jewish population.
Tuesday 20 Jun 2017
by Frank Strickler
Where is this Mustang on static display now? Still at Fresno?