The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit along with their P-51C Mustang will be on display at Florida International Air Show, 17 – 21 Oct 2018.
Mike Killian and Thom Richards created this great video.
Night time photo by Kenneth Strohm.
From the CAF Red Tail Squadron website:
The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and P-51C Mustang will be on display from 8am-5pm daily at Signature Flight Service at the Opa Locka Airport, Thursday October 11-Monday, October 15.
9:30am-1:30pm Thursday, Friday, and Monday are reserved for student visits only, so please contact Kristi Younkin at 479-228-4520 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a slot for your group today! We will also have a few slots available on Saturday and Sunday for youth groups. Space is limited, so be sure to contact us soon!
The mustang will be on static display all week, as well as doing 1 flight a day. Original Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Harold Brown will also be attending the event, and there will be flight simulators and other interactive things to do. You won’t want to miss this incredible event!
A couple of Saturday’s ago, I was invited to the roll-out party at Warbird Adventures, to see Thom Richards TP-40N “American Dream.” Food, drinks and airplanes are a great way to spend the evening.
This aircraft is a WW2 veteran, as Thom told everyone, prior to a engine run-up. Having been assigned to 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron in Papua New Guinea, it flew missions against the Japanese, according to the website “Pacific Wrecks.” The aircraft was shot down during a fighter intercept mission with 1LT Joel Thorvaldson as the pilot. Thom covered how the pilot landed and was dropped a life raft so he could escape down river. Eventually, he was picked up by Australian forces and returned to his unit.
The aircraft was assigned two confirmed kills and one unconfirmed kill. More details of the mission can be found here at the “Pacific Wrecks” site.
The aircraft was found in 2005, at least parts of it to include the tail section, the engine and some of the wings. Recovery was done by Rob Greinert. It was then sold to Mike Spaulding, to be part of a build of a P-40N restoration.
In 2009, the aircraft suffered a landing accident. During the time to fix it, it was decided to convert the aircraft to a dual cockpit. After this work, the aircraft was sold and shipped to the United States with John Davis as the owner. Thom acquired the aircraft earlier this year and has been flying it around.
If you are interested in an introductory flight or need formal checkout training, contact them direct.
3G Aviation Media will be hosting a workshop at Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee, Florida to photograph the B-17 “The Movie Memphis Belle”, P-40 “American Dream” and other aircraft. There will be both a ground and air-to-air workshop for attendees to participate in. The ground workshop will include night time photography skills to potentially include engine run-ups. The workshop will be on 27 October 2018.
For more details on this event, check out the information at this link: http://3gaviationmedia.com/2018-kissimmee