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September 27 - October 1, 2007
I am pleased to report that they treated me very well, like a colleague in spite of the time differences of our services, aircraft and duties.
They had set up their reunion to coincide with a very special, probably once in a lifetime, gathering of a host of aircraft. I have no listing of the attendees but I saw a P-38, a P-63, a P-40, 2 P-47's, an Avro Lancaster, and at least 30 P-51's, even a P-51A. I was so busy gawking that I did not try to make a comprehensive list.
It is my understanding that the Stallion 51 Corporation in
Kissimmee Fl was a major force in the creation of this "Gathering of Eagles". They have a group of
aircraft including two, full cockpit, two place P-51D25's named Crazy Horse I & II. I had the
privilege of flying Crazy Horse I in December 1990. It was a wonderful experience and I was shocked
at how well I did, even two beautiful landings! It was still "there"! I hope all old WWII pilots
will give it a try. Here is a picture of Crazy Horse I from the Stallion 51 postcard.
That isn't me in the backseat but it could have been. The illusion of being there by myself was great! The only fuel selector was in the front seat so the "owner" was required to fly there (insurance!)