I caught up with Precious Metal and Pilot/Owner Thom Richard this morning as they made their way across Texas in route to Reno Nevada for the 2014 National Championship Air Races. They will be competing in the Unlimited Warbird Racing Class (UWRC) during the event which runs September 10-14, 2014.
Trent Latshaw’s beautiful North American P-51D Mustang, the “Millie G”, was briefly on display at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas when I visited in February of 2014. This aircraft is a replica of the original Millie G* (44-72123) flown by Maj. Edward Giller.
Around seventeen years ago Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s F9F-2B Panther jet became a little more precious, some have said she became priceless.
In was 1993 when the museum acquired the Panther, Bureau No. 123078, and then put it through a 25,000 man hour restoration bringing it back to its original flying condition. Since the restoration the Panther received “Grand Champion Warbird” titles at the 1995 E.A.A. Sun-N-Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, FL and the 1995 E.A.A. Fly-In in Oshkosh WI.