Who Case: 50
I rode with him in 1981 down in south Texas. Lefty really put his Mustang through its paces. Cuban eights, split s, 4. 8point and slow roles as well as simulation of the plan doing a pylon turn about 200 feet off the deck a bit over 400 mph. Lefty made the turn at 90 degrees. It was THE ULTIMATE HIGH. I have to say that Merlin was the loudest sound I have ever experienced as I took the helmet off for a few seconds.
He landed the plan at his small airport across from his home in Mercedes, taxied across the road and shut it down in his driveway. Five of his kids came out and were climbing all over the plane. Prior to landing he was doing Cuban eights with the bottom run right over his house. We the loaded nine people in his Cady and went across the border and had a great meal.
My wife was with me and I have many shots of her in White Lightning.
I will never forget him or the experience. Too bad none of the Mustang pilots can or will fly their Mustang like Lefty. He was the best.
While in his house he showed me his trophy room and introduced me to his wife, Sharon.
He was amazed I did not toss my cookies during the ride.
What a day with a real Texas icon.
God rest his sole and as long as I live he will never be forgotten. What a delightful person and pilot. He was the only CAF member that had checked out in all the CAF planes at the time and I doubt there will ever be another Lefty. He gave me a poster taken of him flying over the Golden Gate bridge shortly after winning the Gold Cup in 1976. You correctly closed the case without a doubt.