October 2012

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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Bill Keyes' S-51T When 12 cylinders just aren't enough By Budd Davisson There is one image that, in one form or another, seems to stick in every pilot's mind: It's a clear summer day, and you are screaming across the landscape, guns armed, the Merlin in the nose singing its tight, raucous song, the enemy just out of sight…waiting…ready to pounce. But your Mustang and you are ready, too. You were born ready. Everyone wants his own Mustang because everyone, it would seem, is in love with its looks and its place in history. But not everyone can afford one. In fact, very few people can, which is just as well because there are very few original Mustangs in existence. Still, the desire is there, making the P-51D Mustang probably the most modeled, most photographed, most chronicled fighter of World War II. It is possibly the most revered airplane of all time. So, it would only make sense that scale modelers, who are continually increasing the size of their models, would EAA EXPERIMENTER 13

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