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Who here has ridden in a P-51? #4601384
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It's on my bucket list. In fact, I plan to retire in a couple of years and I plan to seek out a P-51 owner (that owns one with a back seat), who will take me for a ride. The Mustang has always been my favorite war bird and I will do whatever I need to for a ride in one...

Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: grampi] #4601399
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....go to air festival in OSHKOSH, WI in 2 years?


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Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: grampi] #4601410
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I think you can buy a ride with Harry Barr in "Barbara Jean" at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Then there's one in Dallas:
http://www.p51gunfighter.com/airplane-rides


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Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: grampi] #4601416
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In Dallas, a 30 minute ride is $2000
50 minute ride $3000


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(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: pandus13] #4601422
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Originally Posted By: pandus13
....go to air festival in OSHKOSH, WI in 2 years?


I've been to Oshkosh many times during EAA and those guys are way too busy to be giving rides...

Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: grampi] #4601424
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I was thinking of something more along the lines of doing some plane related work for a P-51 owner, and then just tag along sometime when he plans on flying with no one else occupying the rear seat. Paying 2 or 3 grand for a ride is a bit much...

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Bought a 30 minute ride 20 years ago for $250, no rides available at Oshkosh generally, best bet is a CAF event but it isn't cheap.


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Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: grampi] #4601485
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My neighbor at age 71 took a P-51 flight out of Roanoke, VA last year and flew over my house so I could photograph him. He flew helicopters in the Marines during the Vietnam War and always wanted to pilot a P-51. I believe it cost $2,200 for the ride of his life. They even did a barrel roll over my house! Cool!

Here is the newspaper article and some photos I took with a 500mm lens.

http://www.swvatoday.com/news/floyd/article_7cd21ba4-a77f-11e6-9f40-6b868b5bcc56.html

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Originally Posted By: Tom NJ
My neighbor at age 71 took a P-51 flight out of Roanoke, VA last year and flew over my house so I could photograph him. He flew helicopters in the Marines during the Vietnam War and always wanted to pilot a P-51. I believe it cost $2,200 for the ride of his life. They even did a barrel roll over my house! Cool!

Here is the newspaper article and some photos I took with a 500mm lens.

http://www.swvatoday.com/news/floyd/article_7cd21ba4-a77f-11e6-9f40-6b868b5bcc56.html

Tom NJ









I envy him...

Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: grampi] #4601525
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Those pictures give me feelings that other men get by looking at other photographs on the internet. grin

My bucket list has the P-47 on it, as you can tell from my username. I'd like to actually pilot one, but have a lot of work to do before that could ever happen. I'm still young enough that I could make that happen by my 40's.

Of course, I'd like to actually own one. That's a goal too, but involves significantly more doing. wink


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There are some great youtube videos from the cockpit of the mighty P-51, just in case you can't afford a ride!





I've not ridden in one, they look very sedate compared to our Extra 300L's. And they carry a whole bunch more airspeed, with rolls performed at 210Kts instead of 150Kts.


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Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: DoubleWasp] #4601535
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Originally Posted By: DoubleWasp
Those pictures give me feelings that other men get by looking at other photographs on the internet. grin

My bucket list has the P-47 on it, as you can tell from my username. I'd like to actually pilot one, but have a lot of work to do before that could ever happen. I'm still young enough that I could make that happen by my 40's.

Of course, I'd like to actually own one. That's a goal too, but involves significantly more doing. wink


That's quite the challenge. There aren't many still flying today for one thing. Secondly, I don't know of any that have a 2nd seat, and you'd have to be extremely rich to own one. There are quite a few Mustangs still flying, and many of them have a back seat, so my quest should be a bit easier than yours. Good luck in your pursuit!

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You can say that again. Trainer versions were never in huge supply for them. My elders flew them, so I'd just like to see and feel what it was like for them on those days flying high above Europe, hugging the B-17s. Just get a taste of what it was all like. Very thrilling just to think about it.


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Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: grampi] #4601557
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Pretty sure I was 8

Moms first boyfriend after divorcing dad owned a metalworking company and restored old birds.

I flew in a trainer (I think it was called the D model) when he delivered it to the client - we flew from peoria IL to Demoines Iowa to drop it off.

Id flown with him dozens of times his normal bird was a 210, and I often flew for extended periods of time when we would go up.

The riding and flying in the Mustang was absolutely unbelievably fantastic. Life altering.

We took a 152 back home on the cheap and the realization that I was unlikely to experience that again starting sinking in.


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Re: Who here has ridden in a P-51? [Re: Linctex] #4601568
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
In Dallas, a 30 minute ride is $2000
50 minute ride $3000
I would imagine the cost to operate the plane incredable. Every once in a while I try to go for a helicopter ride and it is pricy. The P51 is an ultimate plane in its class.


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