An Almost Full Size Mustang Replica Takes To The Skies

Korean War veterans, in conjunction with aero club members from the Whanganui Aero Club, welcomed the addition of the Mustang T-51 D aircraft into the fold. Mike Adams, a club member, is also the owner of the phenomenal replica. The arrival was enjoyed during an event held on the 22nd of September.

The replica

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The replica of the Mustang, a plane frequently used during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953, is not a full-scale replica, but it isn’t far off, at three-quarters the original size. The machine is powered by a 912 Rotax engine that maintains a flight cruise speed of about 120 knots. The two-seater craft is fitted with dual controls.

New home for the Mustang

Whanganui Aero Club was founded in 1929. It was renowned as the first official flight training facility in Australasia on a commercial scale. While the facility is no longer a flight school, it does still offer professional help to those seeking their license. The club is open seven days a week and is operated with the assistance of their five flight instructors. The facility also has ownership of six aircraft. Business has increased rapidly over the last few years. So much so that a new facility has been opened at Feilding Aerodrome. However, it is only operational from Friday to Sunday, each week.

More than just planes

The club is social in nature and embraces the aviation community completely. Regular events are held where like-minded individuals can meet and share experiences. Frequent aircraft trips are taken to various destinations all over New Zealand. Members often take part in aviation competitions of both national and local nature. Locals can expect to see the Mustang gracing the skies above Whanganui regularly, although only three pilots have what it takes to fly it. The community can look forward to gazing upwards and witnessing the machine in action.