Stal­lion’s Stel­lar Year

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2017 has been an awe­some year for Stal­lion 51 Cor­po­ra­tion, filled with ad­ven­ture, awards, and anniversaries. The year started with

Lee Laud­er­back, pres­i­dent and chief pi­lot of Stal­lion 51, be­com­ing a mem­ber of the So­ci­ety of Ex­per­i­men­tal Test Pi­lots, an exclusive group of ex­cep­tional pi­lots such as R. A. “Bob” Hoover and Robert “Hoot” Gib­son, who nom­i­nated Lee to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

April of this year also marked Stal­lion 51’s 30th an­niver­sary, com­mem­o­rated by invit­ing the al­most 200 grad­u­ates of its Mus­tang Check­out Train­ing Pro­gram to a home­com­ing be­fore and dur­ing the an­nual Sun ’n Fun air­show in Lake­land, Florida. Seven­teen of the grad­u­ates brought their Mus­tangs to help cel­e­brate Stal­lion’s three decades of avi­a­tion ex­cel­lence, fly­ing in for­ma­tion dur­ing the show. In ad­di­tion, Lee was hon­ored with the FAA’s Wright Broth­ers Mas­ter Pi­lot Award for his 50 years of safe-flight op­er­a­tions and his many con­tri­bu­tions to the field of avi­a­tion safety.

This sum­mer, Lee was asked to fly the rare B-Model “Ber­lin Ex­press” Mus­tang to Dux­ford, Eng­land, for the Fly­ing Le­gends Air­show. Lee started his epic 5,470-mile avi­a­tion ad­ven­ture in Texas and con­tin­ued over the North At­lantic, land­ing in Green­land, Ice­land, and Scot­land be­fore reach­ing his fi­nal des­ti­na­tion in Dux­ford—a to­tal of eight legs in seven days. This his­toric WW II At­lantic­cross­ing flight path was fol­lowed by mil­lions of en­thu­si­asts via so­cial me­dia.

Stal­lion 51 has had a mem­o­rable year in­deed. You, too, can join us in one of our dual-cock­pit, dual-con­trol Mus­tangs to take the con­trols and make your own Mus­tang mem­o­ries. stal­

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