P-51B Berlin Express at Sun N Fun

From the Stallion 51 Facebook page.

“Berlin Express” will be flying into Sun N Fun on Wednesday April 5th and will be on display on the Warbird Flighline in front of Stallion 51’s Mustang Corral with the dozens of Mustangs that are flying in to help Stallion 51 celebrate our 30th Anniversary.

The restored fighter is based around the remains of P-51B 43-24837. This Mustang flew with the 9th Air Force’s 363rd FG out of RAF Staplehurst in Kent, England. It crashed in Beckley after the pilot was forced to bail out during a training exercise on June 10th, 1944. Sporting a “Malcolm Hood” canopy and wearing the markings for “Berlin Express”, Pacific Fighter’s newest Mustang is dressed exactly like the 357th FG Mustang which the legendary American ace Bill Overstreet flew under the Eiffel tower while successfully shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-109 in 1944.

Air America Foundation is closing down

From the Air America Foundation Facebook page:

The Air America Foundation cannot continue to operate with the few volunteers that are left, not to mention the limited income.

This past Saturday, Larry, Cal and I voted to terminate the Foundation. This was done with great regret on the part of all three of us. But, we all feel there is no other choice.

Since we are a 501c3 non-profit organization, everything will be donated to a like entity. Therefore, after the vote, we met with Norm Daniels, commander of the Valiant Air Command museum. We offered to donate the C-123 along with all the parts, ground support equipment, tools, trailers, conex, etc. We will also donate the remainder of the Foundation’s bank account to the VAC. Mr Daniels was excited about our offer, and after consulting with his Board members the donation was accepted.

We will be maintaining the C-123 for another couple of months. The VAC will take possession following the 2017 Warbird airshow.

The C-123 is going to a good home and based on what I have seen at the museum, it will get the attention it deserves.

For me, the experience and camaraderie over the years I have been with the Foundation was very enjoyable. We’ve had some ups and downs, but overall, it has been a lot of fun.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered over the years, whether it was during the airshow or just a few hours on a Saturday. Thanks to those who followed us on this Facebook page.