Angela in the back of "Janie"


Angela loves aeroplanes and she loves flying - or is it just the pilots she likes - I'm still not sure!

She has flown in a variety of aircraft, but for a long time a flight in a P-51 Mustang was at the top of her list.  However, recently, that ambition has been fulfilled with a flight in Maurice Hammond's "Janie".

On a perfect August afternoon they took-off from Raydon, and after a run and break down the runway, they headed towards Felixstowe for a flight around the East Anglian coastline - landing at Hardwick: Maurice's home airfield.  After a cup of tea it was into the air again in the PT-13 Stearman to return to Raydon.  Needless to say Angela still hasn't stopped smiling.


P-51 Mustang "Janie" with PT-13 Stearman N4712V in the Background



A close-up of "Janie" - note Bill Price's signature*



A quick wave before take-off



Smoke pours from the exhausts as the Merlin engine roars into life



Angela jumps out of the Stearman after landing back at Raydon



A very happy Angela



Angela with the pilot of the Stearman - Chris



Close up of Stearman



Stearman Tail



Stearman in the late evening sunshine



* Bill Price

Bill Price flew from Rayon in 1944 as part of the 353rd Fighter group. He named his P-51 Mustang after his sister - "Janie".  In 2005 Bill, aged 85, returned to Raydon.  He arrived in "Janie", Maurice Hammond's P-51 which is painted in the exact colours of Bill's original.


Our thanks go to Maurice, Chris and John for making this all possible.


All the above pictures were taken on a Hasselblad 500cm with 80mm Planar lens More



Review of the 2007 Gathering



Mustang P-51D “Janie”


UK Registration G-MSTG

  USAAF Serial Number 45-11518


Engine                   Packard Merlin V-1650-07

Power                    1509hp

Max Speed              437mph



PT-13 Stearman


Registration N4712V

  USAAF Serial Number 42-16931


Engine                   Pratt & Whitney R-985

Power                    450hp

Max Speed              124mph




Other Aircraft Flown In


Cessna 172





dH 82A Tiger Moth




dH 89A Dragon Rapide



Sukhoi SU29



Pitts Special S2B



T6 Harvard

G-BKRA (51-15227)


Bell 206 Jet Ranger (Helicopter)



Piper 150 Super Cub



Thruster TST MKI (Microlight)



Socata TB-10 Tobago



Grob Twin Astir (Glider)

BGA 4124




Airfields Flown From






Great Oakley






North Weald




Rayne Hall Farm






F16 Fighting Falcon - In the pilot's seat








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