Florida resident launches Naval career at Stallion 51

Stallion 51’s Mustang assistant crew chief Kris Riel was recently sworn into the US Navy by AvDoc 51’s Dr. W.T. Busch. Dr. Busch is a retired Navy captain who was a Naval Aviator and flight surgeon from 1976 through 2005 before joining Stallion 51 as Senior FAA Medical Examiner.

Kris will continue on at Stallion 51 until he reports to Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., on Oct. 12 for his 12-week training program before reporting to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.

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Mercy Flight Southeast and Stallion 51 pick raffle winner

Stallion 51 teamed up with Mercy Flight Southeast to raise funds for the volunteer pilot organization by raffling a flight in Stallion 51’s Mustang. Hundreds of people from all over the country bought tickets hoping to win a hands-on orientation flight. The winner was announced at SUN ’n FUN. Angel Flight South Central Volunteer Pilot Jim Penn from Fort Worth, Texas, was that lucky winner.

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Flight of a lifetime for $20

Stallion 51 has donated the flight of a lifetime to Mercy Flight Southeast to raise funds for this critically-needed charity. In this raffle, you can win a chance to fly a P-51 Mustang while helping others.

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Ride in a P-51 prize in raffle

Mercy Flight and Angel Flight SE are partnering with Stallion 51 Flight Operations to make your flying fantasy come true while helping others find the medical treatment they need.

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Stallion 51′s Lee Lauderback inducted into EAA Warbird Hall of Fame

Lee Lauderback of Stallion 51 at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida, was recently inducted into the EAA Warbird Hall of Fame earlier this month.

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Stallion 51 to host Photography Workshop

3G Aviation Media and Stallion 51 Flight Operations will partner for an aviation photography workshop Jan. 24-26 at Stallion 51′s facilities at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida.

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Lee Lauderback to be inducted into EAA Hall of Fame

EAA Warbirds of America has chosen Stallion 51′s Lee Lauderback as its 2013 inductee into the 2013 EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame.

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Stallion 51 celebrates silver anniversary

As Lee Lauderback taxied to the Warbird Ramp on opening day of this year’s SUN ’n FUN, a group of students immediately began pointing at his P-51 “Crazy Horse” and waving to him. He waved back with a big smile on his face. It’s a reaction he’s used to getting.

“Everybody recognizes the P-51,” he said. “It’s an amazing airplane.”

And even after 25 years of heading up Stallion 51, his company at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida that offers training and rides in the P-51, Lauderback is still that 10-year-old boy who saw Bob Hoover flying a P-51. “I thought, ‘wow, that is so cool,’” he remembered. “I am truly blessed to get to fly one every day.”

And he shares that blessing with his customers, who travel from all over the world for the chance to fly — not just ride — in a Mustang.

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