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Re: Great CJ pulling a Mustang Pic
jps4ever, I wish I was the pilot of either one! I am a licensed private pilot, but not definitely not type-rated in the P51! I made it to the Reno airraces in 1999, and it was a ball! In addition to seeing all the old "heavy iron" piston aircraft, the local Jeep club was running the officials all over the race course. They were all running prototype Goodyear MT/Rs. Evidently Goodyear had made some kind of deal with them for checking out the new tires. (Few years ago I got to see a caravan of Ford Expedition prototypes here in Alaska--a year before they went on the market! They were being tested here)
Andytron--yep the pic is from Reno. I don't normally post pics I didn't take myself, but felt it was okay this once! If it hadn't had the Pylon1 stuff on it, I would have made sure to post where it was from. Pylon1 has a great site!
The pilot of this P51 for that year was Gary Levitz. I saw Gary's last race. His homebuilt unlimited racer "Miss Ashley II" (based on P51 data with a Griffon engine, contr-rotating props and a modified Lear Jet wing) came apart in turn 1 of the second lap of the Unlimited Gold race on Saturday of the 1999 Reno championship.
Anyhow, glad everyone liked the pic!
It's all a state of mind, and if you don't mention the state of my mind, I'll be happy to overlook yours!