|Mustang Aeronautics - Mustang II|
Brian Schmidtbauer's 250 mph Mustang II at Sun-N-Fun 2003
In early 1970 I learned to fly in a '69 Cessna 150 (N5536G) as taught by Margo Smith out of Fullerton Airport (FUL). Only 16 at the time and without a drivers license or full-time job, I found it difficult to continue spending the money needed to maintain currency in those years leading up to the gas crisis and recession of the mid '70s.
Now at 50, and more able to spend the time and money, I've decided to try my hand at constructing this homebuilt airplane known as the Mustang II as offered by Mustang Aeronautics. I have approximately 4 years until retirement from my job at Verizon to fund completion of the project.
In preparation, I purchased a second home on a 1/2ac lot with sufficient room for erecting a portable workshop/hangar (Pioneer Steel) in which the plane will be built. I've read everything I've been able to find via the internet and otherwise, joined the EAA and visited many builder's web sites and discussion forums.
To begin, I was fortunate enough to find (via Barnstormer's) a (former) M-II builder in my home state with virtually unstarted flap and center-section kits at a very reasonable price. And so begins my own building odyssey!