Aero Club hears P51 home builder
Mike Still receives pen from Cannon Hill
Sun Lakes Aero Club members and guests witnessed a power-
point presentation by an aviation enthusiast who built a ¾-scale P-51
fighter plane. The talk took place at the club’s monthly gathering
March 20 at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room.
Mike Still said he devoted six years to the project, beginning in
2010 when he purchased the project -- a partially completed fuselage –
originally started by another aircraft homebuilder . After trucking the project
back to his hangar at the Chandler Municipal Airport, he began the
process which he described as a labor of love.
He purchased the rest of the kit from the dealer, and eventually
added the wings, stabilizer assembly, rudder, 180-horsepower engine
and all of the wiring and tubes needed to complete the project.
After a recorded 4,000 hours of work, Still finished the project and
made the first flight in November, 2016. His goal was to make the aircraft as
genuine as possible. The aircraft has a 24-foot wingspan, retractable gear
and four-bladed propeller. He painted the P-51 in a 350th Air Force color
scheme, featuring invasion stripes.
Still earlier had built a Murphy Renegade Spirit bi-plane, rebuilt a
Starduster SA-100 and purchased a 1940 Fairchild 24W which he flew
for several years before selling it to make room in his hangar for the P-51
The Areo Club sponsors monthly gatherings November through
April featuring speakers on a wide range of aviation-related topics. More
information on the club is available from Cannon Hill at 509-539-7857,
Gary Vacin at 480-298-7017 or at the club’s website, www.sunlakesaeroclub.org.