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The North American P-51 Mustang
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We know the P-51, who is the pilot and GIB?
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Case 152    Wednesday 08 Nov 2017 by Ted Heins
I also don't believe WPP's crash or Richard Bingham's crash, 9 months earlier was a coincidence. Even though reports say pilot error, I suspect there was foul play that initiated from an irritated plane owner, that I know, that kept his plane at Gnoss Field in Novato. Anyone that worked at Spectrum Aviation (in Novato) or around WPP's planes at the time of crashes, feel free to contact me at ted_heins@hotmail.com
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Case 62    Monday 06 Nov 2017 by Sean Thompson
The event was Sept. 11, 1982.
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Case 62    Monday 06 Nov 2017 by Sean Thompson
I saw this crash first hand, John flew directly from Reno with his wife in the jump seat (no one knew it at the time though) and before they landed, they performed some acrobatic tricks and as they were flying south towards the Ruby Mountains, he was INVERTED right overhead of us as we were standing on the airport tarmac and only about 500 feet off the ground when he tried to flip back over before the hills and mountains ahead of him, when suddenly his wing dipped to the right and went straight down into the side of a hill upside down. I don't think he had enough height to maneuver the plane back into an upright position. There was a cloud of dust and the plane vanished. It happened so fast and is like it happened yesterday. We were all in shock and disbelief. The announcer that day was telling us the story about how John went to the Philippines to buy the plane he flew as a fighter pilot and brought it back to the states. No one at the time knew his wife was in the jump seat until they found her ring finger with a diamond on it in the debris. My father was working for the city of Elko at the time and went to the crash site where we had to stay in the car and we could see the pieces of the plane everywhere and the bent propeller and engine block but very else of the plane was any larger than the size of a basketball. It almost hit a home when it crashed but landed just to the side of it. Some piece from the plane pierced the home if I am not mistaken when it crashed but no one was hurt. There was a corsair named wart hog, a mustang from tired iron racing team, a b25 bomber owned by Don Davis, of Casper, Wyoming that was named "Bronco Bustin' Bomber". I think there was also a trainer plane called the wildcatter on the ground that day for the show. It was a great day until the plane crash. It left an indelible mark on me.... Sean Thompson
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Case 324    Monday 06 Nov 2017 by Larry Lowe
A photo of the racing configuration can be seen at:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211438573504917&set=gm.744475645750996&type=3&theater
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Case 170    Sunday 05 Nov 2017 by Bill Dolan
Hi, Does anyone know the aircraft's military history? The aircraft is now owned by Jeff Clyman but still has the same reg. N51HR. Thanks
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Case 330    Wednesday 01 Nov 2017 by John A Royer
Great to see this plane back again, worked for Penhall Co 1968 paint work, got ride with Leroy in this plane, practing for racing of Long Beach, ride of my life,me 29 Leroy 38 yrs. I'm from Fullerton Cal. now in Reno since 70 Thanks to Hinton saw him go down hard at Reno Red Baron not much left of that one. John
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Case 152    Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 by KEVIN D WILLHITE
I am Kevin D. Willhite, Thomas D. Willhite's son. I lived on High Valley Ranch in the Casa Montana in the "British Suite" during my 8th and 9th grade year attending Lower Lake High School. It is nice to stumble across this forum to learn of other people's experiences within the personal growth field. I believe we are all very fortunate individuals to have the associations that we all have in common. I visit High Valley Ranch every 5 years or so since my Father died. I also visit both plane wreckages. I look forward in continued communications with you all. I can vouch for Lance he was very close to my family. I live in Oklahoma with the primary objective of raising "Super Children" based on my knowledge gained from my WPP and PSI. We are all very fortunate and very special people. My email is kevinwillhite@gmail.com
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Case 152    Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 by Tom
Spectrum Air, Gnoss Field, Novato, California where I earned my Private Pilot's license at 18 years old, was owned by Mr. Patrick. The flight training was excellent and I hopped rides in the Stearman, AT6, and P51 flown by pilot extraordinare Mr. Art Stagg. Jim Rusch an A&P employed at Spectrum was one of the best of his profession. Bobby of Aerosport Schellville, if you read this send me a reply. tbehel01@gmail.com
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Case 104    Sunday 29 Oct 2017 by Dave Jensen
George was like a Father to me Yes he could Fly like a bird and we did almost every weekend but this was long before the Passion Wagon it was in His twin engine Baron is where the Barrel Rolls first Started, his Love of Flying was never ending and if you look up you know hes up there somewhere Chasing Clouds.
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Case 7    Friday 13 Oct 2017 by John Meredith
This aeroplane was flown by Bob Abernathy in Greenville, SC in the Boy's Home of the South airshow in June 1985 (probably brought up from Griffin, GA for the show. Bob was an Eastern Airlines pilot. I have lots of pics from that day if anybody wants to see 'em.