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  N5132A Crashed - Fredricksburg TX - 2 fatal  
  Nov 17 2018  
Cowden Ward Jr., pilot and passenger Vincent Losada (WWII B-17 Vet) were killed when the P-51 (Pecos Bill) crashed into an apartment complex parking lot in Fredricksburg TX. Witnesses stated they heard the engine sputtering before the crash. Nobody on the ground was hurt. Ward was attending the November WWII Pacific Combat Program at the National Museum of the Pacific War. He and his passenger had finished a flyover and were returning to the airport. Cowden Ward Jr. had been given rides to veterans across the USA for several years. He brought smiles to so many and will be missed.

Summer 2017: John Muszala, owner of Pacific Fighters in Idaho Falls ID finished a beautiful restoration of the late Gerry Gabe's P-51A Polar Bear now owned by John Dowd. Muszala was not alone as his sons, Jared and Little John took on key roles to complete this difficult restoration.

Pilot, Vlado Lenoch and passenger Bethany Root were both killed in the crash. Vlado was flying the P-51 "Baby Duck" which he had flown many times before. Lenoch was a seasoned P-51 test pilot and airshow pilot. Vlado Lenoch was well liked and a very friendly and approachable man. Bethany Root was the Atchinson County Airport manager. The crash occurred about 10 miles from the airport. Vlado was 64, Bethany 34. Witnesses reported the P-51 flying at low level before pitching up, rolling over and impacting the ground. Condolences to the family and friends.

  G-TFSI Belly Landing During Airshow at Duxford  
  Jul 09 2017  
P-51 44-84847, G-TFSI, "Miss Velma", was involved in an off airport belly landing on July 9 2017 at the Duxford airshow in UK. Pilot Mark Levy reported a rough running engine, so he turned back to the airport to land. Engine quit turning base, he landed safely gear-up in a field short of the runway. Very nice work by Mark Levy picking the best landing target and getting the gear back up before impact with very limited time.

P-51B, "Berlin Express" has successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean on its way to the Duxford Legends Airshow in the UK. Piloted by Lee Lauderback of Stallion 51. Berlin Express was restored by John Muszala at Pacific Fighters in Idaho Falls ID. Warbird collector Tom Friedkin is the owner and has shipped other P-51s over the Duxford airshow in the past.

Tempco TP-51D 44-84655 takes over the P-51 fun as TP-51C Betty Jane stands down for a needed rest and some deep maintenance work. 44-84655 is an original Tempco TP-51D. Its history includes two trips to South American Air Forces, Nicaragua and Bolivia. She returned banged up and not flying. The hulk was stored at the Cavalier facility in Florida for many years. Collings Foundation had American Aero Services put this horse back in the air in its ANG day glory for all to enjoy.

  Warbird Collector Tom Friedkin has Flow West  
  Mar 25 2017  
Warbird Collector Tom Friedkin has Flow West on March 14, 2017 at the Age of 81. Friedkin was a very successful Toyota distributor in Houston, TX. He has collected many warbirds including 7 or so P-51s over the last many decades. He's owned a rare A-36 since 1983. His business is now ran by his son, Dan Friedkin, who is also an avid warbird collector and pilot. Condolences to the Friedkin family.