Issue #48 May/June 2013
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Cover: Robert T. Dickson Jr. flies his newly acquired
Mustang, Serial No. 44-74202, named Swamp Fox, on a special flight near
his hometown, Concord. NC. The pilot
of the original Swamp Fox, William W. Foard, enjoys a ride from
the back seat. As they commenced the flight Dickson asked Foard if
anything looked familiar, with the response, "it feels like home." After
having a little fun, Dickson jokingly asked his WWII veteran fighter
pilot if he had any advice on how to land the plane. Foard quipped,
"Close your eyes and cross your fingers." Jack Roush's Mustang,
Gentleman Jim, was flown by Ray Fowler. Photo: Greg Morehead
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With a little serendipity mixed with destiny, a restored P-51D
Mustang brings together two proud owners with a World War II
veteran fighter pilot. While fate introduced the Dickson family
to Lt. Colonel Will Foard, restoration experts at Vintage
Airframes, Morgan Aircraft Restorations, and Roush Aviation
created the masterpiece that would serve as the catalyst. The
result of determined efforts and pure happenstance culminated in
a heartwarming reunion.
An 18 year old boy entered aviation cadet training with visions
of being a fighter pilot. At 19 years old he earned his wings
and went off to war as a hot shot second lieutenant. At 20 years
old the seasoned fighter pilot had realized his goal and earned
a solemn maturity through combat experience. Will Foard’s story
tells us that being a hero doesn’t always involve glory.
Section: Restoration Facilities & Aviation Parts Suppliers
When I was Learning to Fly...
Targeting a niche for serious
aviators who yearn to learn in aircraft from yesteryear’s military,
three partners have joined forces to create Old School Aviation at
Sonoma County Airport in sunny California. Darryl Bond, Rob Gordon, and
Dan Vance created a flight school that offers a new option to aspiring
warbird pilots who want anything from a flight experience to a complete
checkout in a Boeing Stearman, North American AT-6 Texan, or the TF-51D
Stephen Chapis offers another history lesson with the story of aviation
legend Darryl Greenamyer. Equally comfortable in a J-3 Cub at 65 miles
per hour as in a Lockheed A-12 at 2,000 miles per hour, what Greenamyer
loved most was racing around the pylons in a Grumman Bearcat. As a
pioneer in the sport, intense competitor, and a pilot with natural
abilities, he truly earned the title “conqueror.”
Harvard Hour of Power
When Jim and Cathy Read made the difficult decision to divest their
warbird collection and to close the doors at the Indiana Aviation
Museum, they didn’t divest completely. One of the few planes they kept
was the delightful de Havilland Chipmunk. To keep the “Chippie”
exercised, Steve Buchelt has been in a unique position as the aircraft’s
primary pilot. Steve shares a little history of the Chipmunk and tells
why it is so much fun to fly.
UK Air Shows... It doesn't get any better than this.
Frank Mormillo has become a regular passenger on transatlantic flights
in recent years. He has developed a great appreciation for the British
fervor for aviation, which they routinely celebrate in some of the
world’s best air shows. Frank shares some of his images and gives some
insight into the UK air show scene. Get your passport ready!