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Issue #69 November/December 2016

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Cover Caption: Jonathan Henley, a newly minted, 23-year-old Mustang pilot, flies the family's P-51D, s/n 44-73990, during AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Jonathan is the third generation to fly this Mustang, and is preceded in this role by his grandfather Tom, father Mark, and uncle Alan. Mark and Alan chose to paint their newly-restored Mustang in the markings of 353rd FG Ace Arthur C. Cundy's airplane, ALABAMA RAMMER JAMMER.
Photo: Greg Morehead, taken from an A36 Bonanza owned and flown by Scott Slocum

 

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ALABAMA RAMMER JAMMER
by Greg Morehead

This isn't your Grandma's Buick. The P-51 Mustang owned and flown by the Henley family had been around the block, and ridden long and hard, so to speak, through its years with the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and at least seven private owners since it rolled off the assembly line. However, you wouldn't know it by visual inspection because the airplane is nearly like new after a heavy restoration and a beautiful paint job that honors an airplane flown in combat by a 353rd Fighter Group Ace, Captain Arthur C. Cundy. This proud Alabama family now flies their Mustang as ALABAMA RAMMER JAMMER.

 

SKYBLAZIN' SABRE
Story and photos by Luigino Caliaro

The airworthy "Classic Fighters of America" collection includes iconic American warbirds like the P-51 Mustang and T-6 Texan from the World War II era, and also includes an example of the most iconic Korean War-era aircraft, a beautiful F-86F Sabre in the colors of the Skyblazers aerobatic team.

WWII AIRBORNE DEMONSTRATION TEAM
Honoring veterans through airborne heritage

There are few still among us who were called upon to do the daring, the unthinkable, the seemingly impossible. The youngest are turning 90, and their ranks diminish each and every day. Soon they will all be gone, but today we can still talk to the few, marvel at their stories, shake their hands and thank them for their service, before the airborne veterans of World War II take their last jump.


THE HANGAR FIND
By Stephen Chapis

By themselves, warbirds are nothing but lifeless ageing aircraft that left alone would slowly decay into oblivion. Warbirds are treasured pieces of history because they attract a special type of person who is willing to spend days hacking their way through an alligator-infested swamp or diving to the bottom of the sea to recover an aircraft that was abandoned to the elements decades prior; a person who will spend nights, weekends, and holidays for years, sometimes decades, taking an often incomplete jigsaw puzzle of parts and turning it into a gleaming, better-than-the-day-it-was-built aircraft; a person who spends hundreds of thousands or millions of unrecoverable dollars to purchase, insure, maintain, and fly that warbird for their pleasure and for that of the masses.

THE ULTIMATE RACE
Pylon Racing Seminar Prepares World's Fastest Competitors

Mankind has competed for speed since before written history and the pinnacle of competitive motorsports is now upon us. The progression from foot races to horse races, through chariots and motor-powered automobiles, has now achieved its zenith with winged flight. For racing to be a spectator sport it is necessary that men and machines be kept on a course in front of the audience. The ultimate flying course is at Reno, Nevada, and the ultimate racing machine is the jet.




 
 
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