Having wanted to fly both a Warbird and Military Jet for a long time. I accomplished both ambitions at Stallion 51, in November 2013 with a one hour flight in the TF-51 Mustang "Crazy Horse" and the following day a flight in the Albatross L39 Turbofan jet.
All the staff at Stallion 51 were all very friendly and welcoming. Prior to each flight there was a thorough pre-flight briefing. I am not a pilot but was given the controls shortly after take-off. The instructor for each flight was the legendary Lee Lauderback who is one of the most experienced Mustang pilots in the world. The flights themselves included basic flight manoeuvres as well as aerobatics; loops, aileron rolls, hesitation rolls, Cuban 8’s, and barrel rolls. I was still on the controls for the landing! After each flight there was a debrief going through the on-board video footage, which you get to keep.
I would like to say thank you to Lee Laudaback, Chris the ground crew, Julia and to everyone else at Stallion 51 that made the experience truly unforgettable.
Some may say this is a bucket list "to do" and a tick in the box. However, be warned it can become addictive!
See you in 2014.
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