Our Dumb Mistake

Crew chief Mike Cummings applies some magic from his Chivas Regal bag of tricks to the Thunder Mustang II. And even if you look very closely you won’t see a supercharger because there isn’t any.
Crew chief Mike Cummings applies some magic from his Chivas Regal bag of tricks to the Thunder Mustang II. And even if you look very closely you won’t see a supercharger because there isn’t any.

Earlier we commented on John Parker’s Thunder Mustang as being supercharged... Turns out our long term memory was having fun with our rapidly slipping short term recall.

To wit, the kindly Steve Edmundson of the Blue Thunder team posted, “John Parker in race 352, Blue Thunder II, does not run superchargers. His previous aircraft, race 351, Blue Thunder, did sport twin superchargers for a couple years but we were never quite happy with the performance of them. They required a lot of maintenance for very little gain.” Continue reading "Our Dumb Mistake"

Wednesday at Reno

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John Parker keeps his head down while running up the V-12 in his Thunder Mustang.

While Editor Dye has already made the first of 2016's pilgrimages to the National Air Races, today was our first for the year. As such the day was mainly consumed with reconnecting with participants, and we still have many more people to see.

Although socially challenged, we were able to confirm Race 33, the ex-Greenamyer Lancair Legacy now being piloted by Elliott Seguin is this year's first casualty. Technical major-domo Andy Chiavetta and Elliott were still consulting the data tea leaves this morning, but the broken connecting rod and decapitated piston visible through the pair of holes in the Continental 550's case put to rest any thought of running the plane any more this year. Continue reading "Wednesday at Reno"

Mustang Aeronautics Open House Fly-In

Midget Mustang and Mustang II

The Midget Mustang and Mustang II fly-in and factory open house is scheduled for May 17th at the Oakland Troy Airport (KVLL) and the Mustang Aeronautics facilities at 1990 Heide Dr, Troy MI. All aircraft and drive ins are welcome. There will be a BBQ lunch along with aluminum aircraft workshops and factory tours.

This is a great opportunity to see the airplanes inside and out and talk in length to the builders and flyers. The Midget Mustang and Mustang II are single and two seat aluminum designs that can easily cruise over 200 mph using the 150hp or 180hp Lycoming engines respectively. For more information visit www.MustangAero.com or call 248-649-6818.

Steve Kunkle's Plans-Built Mustang II

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After 3 1/2 years of building, on June 2013 I got the FAA inspection and the end of July the test pilot took her up and all went well. I have been flying and have about 22 hours on her now.

IO-320 with Hartzell C/S prop and a Dynon Skyview with autopilot. I'm still doing a lot of testing on the plane and myself, but at 22 squared she flies at 130kt burning 7.4gph

What an airplane! Thanks to Kitplanes magazine for being a great information resource!

Location: Oley, PA

e-mail address: srkunkle@yahoo.com

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