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.