Angela

 

 

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

G-BIGJ

G-BTMA

G-BOYP

 

dH 82A Tiger Moth

G-ANRM

G-APAO

 

dH 89A Dragon Rapide

G-AIYR

 

Sukhoi SU29

HA-HUD

 

Pitts Special S2B

G-SKYD

 

T6 Harvard

G-BKRA (51-15227)

 

Bell 206 Jet Ranger (Helicopter)

G-IBIG

 

Piper 150 Super Cub

G-CVMI

 

Thruster TST MKI (Microlight)

G-MVDF

 

Socata TB-10 Tobago

G-IANC

 

Grob Twin Astir (Glider)

BGA 4124

 

 

 

Airfields Flown From

 

Clacton

 

Duxford

 

Great Oakley

 

Hardwick

 

Lydd

 

North Weald

 

Raydon

 

Rayne Hall Farm

 

Rougham

 

 

 

F16 Fighting Falcon - In the pilot's seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

angela@michaelandersonlrps.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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