SEPT. 22-24 AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT IN OC
SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011— Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, will play host to the “Lady Alice” P-51 Mustang long range fighter aircraft from Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Museum’s facility located at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif.
The P-51 Mustang “Lady Alice” is owned (and flown) by Dr. Kendall Wagner, an orthopedic surgeon who resides in Fullerton, Calif. The aircraft will arrive at John Wayne Airport from its home in Chino, Calif. by 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. The aircraft will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, when it is scheduled to depart.
“This is an excellent opportunity for people in Southern California to visit, explore and learn more about the P-51, a remarkable aircraft from aviation history,” said Mark Foster, president of the Lyon Air Museum.
“I’ve had many, many unbelievable experiences flying this piece of aviation history,” said Dr. Wagner about his P-51, which he acquired in 2006. “Flying an aircraft such as this is truly an honor and a privilege.”
The P-51 Mustang is an American-made long-range single-seat World War II fighter aircraft. When North American Aviation first built the P-51, the company (now a part of the Boeing Company) was a major U.S. manufacturer responsible for a number of historic aircraft.
As well as being economical to produce, the Mustang was a fast, well-made fighting machine. The definitive P-51, the model P-51D is powered by a Packard V-1650 engine, a two-stage two-speed supercharged version of the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. During combat, the plane was armed with six .50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns.
Designed and built in just 117 days, the Mustang first flew in England’s Royal Air Force (RAF) service as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. It was later converted to a bomber escort, employed from early 1944 in raids over Germany to help ensure Allied air superiority. The P-51 also saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. The Mustang began the Korean War as the United Nations’ main fighter aircraft, but was relegated to a ground attack role when superseded by jet fighters early in the conflict.
After WW II and the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing. Nevertheless, the plane remained in military service with some national air forces until the early 1980s.
In all, more than 15,000 P-51 Mustangs of all types were built from 1940-1945. Today, about 280 P-51s still exist, with more than half remaining airworthy.
The 30,000-sq.ft. Lyon Air Museum opened in Dec. 2009. The facility represents the fulfillment of a dream of Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret), who held the position of Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979. Currently, Gen. Lyon is Chairman of the Board and CEO of William Lyon Homes, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif. His passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum. In establishing the Museum, Gen. Lyon sought to create a world-class facility that would be available to the local community and would offer educational exhibits designed to inspire young people. The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational aircraft and vehicles.
Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission rates: General admission–$12; Seniors and Veterans–$9; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups—Free.
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