Kissimmee-based Mustang operator and training organisation, Stallion 51, marked its 30th birthday with a series of special events in Florida during April. Nigel Price grabbed his camera and recorded the commemorations for Aviation News.

Dual-control TF-51 Mad Max (N51MX) taking off from Kissimmee on April 5, with owners Louis and Cheryl Horschel in the cockpit.
Colonel Bud Anderson (left) and Lee Lauderback share a moment at Sun ‘n Fun 2017.
A pair of immaculate Mustangs on Stallion 51’s ramp at Kissimmee in early April.

Florida was the place to be for fans of the charismatic North American P-51 Mustang fighter in April, when many the type gathered to celebrate the 30th birthday of Stallion 51 – the masters of the Mustang. Stallion came into being in April 1997 to fulfil a US Navy Test Pilot School contract that would enable students to experience the torque effects of prop-driven fighters, using a dual-cockpit, dual-control TF-51 version of the Mustang.

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