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    Gentlemen and Ladies,

    I am new member of the forum, although I have been reading it on and off for years.

    Does anyone have any pictures of Race 20 "Philippine Mustang" from the 1977 races. It was finished in a dark blue base with white stripes. It was owned and flown by John Wright of Reno Nevada. I was on his crew that year at the youthful age of sixteen.

    Several years later he replaced Gunther Balz as the pilot of Race 5 "Roto-Finish", which I believe went on to become Race 5 "Red Baron". He and his wife died several years later in the crash of Race 20 in Elko Nevada.

    Thanx in advance.
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    Welcome to the forum!

    John Wright was a great guy and his blue Mustang was beautiful.
    The "Roto-Finish Special" raced in 1972~'73, and became the "Red Baron" in 1974.

    Here's a couple photo's from the internet;
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    remember the Oogahonk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Moer View Post
    Welcome to the forum!

    John Wright was a great guy and his blue Mustang was beautiful.
    The "Roto-Finish Special" raced in 1972~'73, and became the "Red Baron" in 1974.
    Lon,

    Thank you for posting those. I had seen two of them already but was hoping there might be more.

    I guess I got the timeline reversed between his time in Race 5 and Race 20. One of the miracles of growing older...

    Regards.
    Last edited by Dash119; 10-08-2020 at 10:59 AM.
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    An old thread with pix and info on "Phillipine Mustang" before Reno 77 (scroll down to post #26)

    http://www.aafo.com/hangartalk/showt...man-quiz/page3

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    Congrats on your first post here, welcome onboard.

    Cool memory to have from being 16.

    You must have had some good stories to tell at school when you returned.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertdawg View Post
    Congrats on your first post here, welcome onboard.

    Cool memory to have from being 16.

    You must have had some good stories to tell at school when you returned.

    Thanks for the welcome.

    Best part of the experience was a ride from Cannon out to Stead during the week before the races. John had just installed a new canopy, and the plexiglass was perfect. He told me before the flight to keep my headphones on during takeoff. But being sixteen, the first thing I did when the tail came up was to pull them off... I couldn't hear a thing for a couple of minutes. We did a high circuit of the course before landing, a day I will never forget.

    I bought a shirt with a big Rolls Royce logo on the front at the races. When I got back home to Southern California and back to school, everyone thought I was a fan of the car... The general public didn't know much about warbirds then, and they still don't.

    Regards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledge39 View Post
    .
    An old thread with pix and info on "Phillipine Mustang" before Reno 77 (scroll down to post #26)

    http://www.aafo.com/hangartalk/showt...man-quiz/page3

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    Sledge39,

    Thank you!

    Regards.
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    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room."
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    Love your sense of humor, thanks for sharing your experiences!!!

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    here is a picture my Farther took i believe it is 1977 or 1979

    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Aro View Post
    here is a picture my Farther took i believe it is 1977 or 1979

    Shawn
    Shawn,

    Thank you for posting that shot.

    Regards.
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