Test your P-51 memory, knowledge and research ability!
by Don Vance
Bill Lamb, John Kerr, TJ Johansen, William Yoak
I believe this is N6526D/44-73415 sometime in the 1970's.It was lost in 1977 in Olympia,Washington.
This is N6526D, 44-73415 when owned by Michale Coutches. I belive photo was taken in San Diego, CA. circa early 1970's.
T J Johansen
This is 44-73415 N6526D (the original one), possibly when owned by Mike Coutches. It went to a Dr. William Veatch in WA, and crashed fatally in 1977. The 51 was apparently equipped with a makeshift dual- control set- up, and it was not determined if the pilot Julian Jenkins or his female passenger was at the controls when the accident happened.
The paperwork then went to Bill Speer who based his project which became Pegasus/ Voodoo on it. Some sources say that the useable remains of the wreckage was incorporated into the static D model traded to the RAF museum (lately seen at RAF Cosford).
This is most likely Serial #:44-73415 in which Bill Veatch was killed on takeoff on March 19, 1977, in Olympia, WA. More "info" about the accident can be found at: <br />
The wrekage was used by the late Bill Speer to build "Pegasus" (Race#:55). He (Speer) was killed at the 1994 Reno Air Races in this aircraft.<br />
Bob Button acquired the wreckage of "Pegasus" around 1995 to build "Voodoo Chile" (Race# 55). This Mustang was further modified after racing for a few years to become "Voodoo" (Race #:5
I'm Sorry about one error about Bill Veatch. He was the owner at the time when N26526D crashed on takeoff in Washington. He was not killed in that aircraft. Another person mentioned above in TJ Johansen's description of this Mustang was flying the aircraft with a female passanger at the time of the accident.
The pilot was a friend of mine, and I have a little background on this accident if anyone is interested.
T J Johansen
Any and all information regarding this would be appreciated.
Mr. Jenkins was known to many people as "Stan" at the Olympia Airport, and was well-liked by everyone. He had a reputation as a very good pilot. I was invited to spend some time with him and his Mustang in 1975, and enjoyed every minute. He was known on occasion, to perform a slow roll on takeoff, to the delight of everyone on the airfield. What happened on the day of the crash is unclear, and I am surprised that the ntsb findings are so vague. At any rate, he left an indelible impression on me, and I think of him often.
I am Stan's granddaughter. Do you know the name if the person who died with him?
I am Stan's youngest daughter, Darlene. Dad had 4 children. I enjoyed the times I flew with dad. He was very skilled as a flyer and the plane was beautiful
To Shanon and Darlene; You should know that Stan was looked up to by the other pilots in Olympia, with respect, as a mentor. As far as I know, the name of the woman who was flying with him that day was never released publicly. To my surprise, there has been some question as to who was on the controls at the time of the crash. I can tell you as one who has flown in a P-51 Mustang, the takeoff roll would not be the place to have an unrated passenger flying the aircraft. There was some speculation that the engine failed on takeoff, and in a Mustang, that may have been enough to overwhelm even an experienced pilot.