Mustang ¾ scale P51  home builder to address SLAC

The Sun Lakes Aero Club gathering March 20 will feature a

presentation by an aviation enthusiast who recently completed construction

of a 3/4-scale P-51 fighter plane.

          The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror

Room with coffee and camaraderie, followed by Still’s presentation

at 7 p.m.  The session is open to the public.

          Mike Still will describe how he built the aircraft from a kit in his hangar

at the Chandler Municipal Airport over a five-year period.

          Still started the project in April, 2010.  Five years and about 4,000 hours

of recorded time later, he completed the aircraft.  First flight was in November, 2016.

          The P-51 was Still’s second homebuilt aircraft.  He started a Murphy

Spirit bi-plane in 1995, and made its maiden flight seven years later.

          The retired US Navy captain also enjoys rebuilding aircraft.  His most

notable project was a 1940 Fairchild 24W, which he purchased in 2003 and refurbished

and maintained in his hangar until he sold it to make room for the P-51 project.

          He is an active member of the local Experimental Association chapter which

meets monthly at the Chandler Municipal Airport..

 Guest speaker at the club’s April 17 gathering will be Warren

Wallace, who will discuss his flying experiences as an airline pilot in Japan, emphasizing the vast differences in airline pilot training in Japan

 compared to the U.S.

          Now in its 21st year, SLAC sponsors programs the third Monday of each

month November through April at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The programs

are open to all persons interested in aviation. More information on the club is available from

Cannon Hill, 509-539-7857 or Gary Vacin, 298-7017, or at the club’s web site, www.sunlakesaeroclub.org.