The North American P-51 Mustang
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If one looks closely at the first (top) picture, Mr. Kestle can be seen squatting under the nose gear. My father is standing looking over the port wing tip. Ironically, one of Mr. Kestle's business associates, Mr. Richard Whitehead, owner of Melody Maid Ice Cream, also of Columbus was presumed lost when the co-owned Beechcraft S55 (N9490S) they co-owned disappeared near Lake City, FL some months prior with Mr. Whitehead at the controls. My information is that he was on his way to meet Mr. Kestle in Miami. Also, ironically, their wives and possibly one or to others had intended to accompany Mr. Whitehead on the flight, but declined shortly before departure.