Stallion 51
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Fly an Authentic WWII Mustang. Stallion 51 offers the rare opportunity to experience the legendary P-51 Mustang and the historic T-6 Texan in flight as well as the Introduction to UAT flights at the controls of the L-39 Turbo Jet. Orientation and Introductory flights are with experienced instructors who allow you to take the controls in dual-cockpit, dual-control authentic vintage aircraft. Hands-on orientation flights include pre and post flight briefing, video recording of your flight, photo and flight training certificate. Stallion 51 has been a leader in WWII and Vintage aviation for over 30 years; keeping aviation history exciting, available and safe for everyone. Visitors are always welcome to tour Stallion 51's facilities.
Kissimmee, Florida

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2022

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Adam D
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Solo
The experience was terrific from start to finish. From communication of how to set up the flight, payment, waivers, and updates prior to flight was one of the most pleasurable experiences I have had.

The customer service did not stop, the experienced pilot communicated all maneuvers on the ground and in flight with the upmost passion, care, and most of all fun.

Highly recommend this experience to anyone, truly a one of a kind. Thankful to the Stallion 51 staff for keeping this history alive for everyone to enjoy.
Written February 2, 2023
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Noel N
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Would give this ten stars if possible. Absolutely one of my most memorable experiences- checked off a lifetime bucket list item. This was a 20th Anniversary gift from my wife. Wasn't sure what to expect, but the Staff could not have been friendlier and more accommodating. Although they were booked weeks out, Kelly was able to find me an opening and got everything scheduled. The pilot, John "Homer" Black was superb. We conducted some ground school in advance of the flight, and he described the upcoming flight in great detail. A pilot myself, John allowed me to fly the TF-51 for probably 95% of the one hour we were airborne. We conducted some light aerobatics, slow flight, a few stalls... the type of experience that makes me want to go back again. My advice to pilots and warbird enthusiasts in particular- DO IT. My only advice to pilots would be to get some aerobatic time under your belt in advance so you can truly appreciate the experience and get into a few more aggressive maneuvers. Many thanks to Kelly, and Homer for an experience of a lifetime, and my wife for getting me such an awesome Anniversary gift.
Written August 16, 2021
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Noel; What a great anniversary present! You obviously will never forget the flight nor the person who gave it to you!!!! Hope you both will come back and celebrate another milestone with us, next time you need to fly in formation ! Thank you, KT Budde-Jones
Written August 19, 2021
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Paul Klein
1 contribution
May 2022
Flying aerobatics in a Mustang was amazing! The power and freedom of soaring a high performance legend was intoxicating. My instructor John "Homer" Black made me feel safe, capable and confident in the cockpit as I flew 90% of our one hour flight time which included loops, aileron rolls and wing overs. We had a thorough pre and post flight briefing and John gave me some tips on how I can transfer what I learned to my Private Pilot practice . There is no other experience like this. If you like warbirds, you will LOVE flying with the team at Stallion 51.
Written May 31, 2022
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A flight in one of our dual cockpit warbirds is not only fun but as you pointed out, educational! A lot of what you experienced can be applied to your own flying. Glad you found it fun and informative. We look forward to your return for a refresher! Thank you, KT Budde-Jones
Written June 14, 2022
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sturgismindy
Jackson Hole, WY3 contributions
Dec 2021
This adventure was a surprise birthday gift for my husband who is an avid WW11 enthusiast. He has logged hours flying small planes many years ago. Getting to ride in a P-51 Mustang was on his bucket list and the fact that he got to fly and perform aerobatic maneuvers for much of the 1 hour flight was just beyond his wildest dreams. The experience didn't end there. During the entire 4 hour ride home his grin couldn't have been wider reliving his adventure. Our experience from beginning to end was amazing. The ground support team and his incredible pilot John " Homer " Black were extremely professional. I was included in the briefing and given a website so I could track them in real time.The atmosphere is relaxed and the hangar is immaculate. Kelly was kind enough to send me very good restaurant and hotel recommendations with corporate pricing . A one hour video is included in the package as there are 3 cameras mounted on the aircraft. It was truly his best birthday gift ever!!
Written January 16, 2022
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Stallion 51 is glad that we could be "the best birthday gift ever"! Hope you will come back and see us again when you want to celebrate another special day. Thank you for your kind words, KT Budde-Jones
Written January 18, 2022
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Footprints66705
1 contribution
Apr 2022
My lovely wife Nancy arranged my flight as a 70th birthday "bucket list" gift! When we arrived in Florida and checked into our hotel my daughter Jen, her husband Andy, my grandson Ryder, granddaughter Remi, my son Donnie & his his wife Taylor, and daughter Kristen & her husband Brian were all there to greet me. What a shock, I had no idea they were all coming. Kelly greeted us and "Jive", my instructor, let my entire family join in the preflight briefing. He has an incredible military background as an a fighter pilot. I was able to take the stick on P-51 Crazy Horse for at least 90% of our flight and it was an incredible experience flying over 300 MPH! I truly enjoyed flying above the clouds, it was a dream come true! And my family wonderful family was there to share the experience with me. I will never forget what "Jive" wanted me to think of when we taxied to take off...."think of all the 18 or 19 year old "kids" that flew the P-51 during WWII with very little battle experience"....It truly gave me goosebumps!
Thank you "Jive"
Written May 7, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your birthday with us at Stallion 51 flight ops. We enjoyed sharing the whole birthday experience with you family. We look forward to sharing another life event with you. Thank you , KT Budde-Jones
Written May 10, 2022
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Joe
Jacksonville, FL5 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
The flight in the Crazy Horse P-51 was a gift from coworkers celebrating retirement after a 45 year flying career. There could not have been a better send off. Everyone involved including the receptionist, crew chief, photographer and flight instructor Lee Lauderback were truly professional and did an outstanding job. The preflight safety briefing was one of the best and comprehensive that I’ve seen. I highly recommend a flight with Stallion 51 whether you’re an experienced pilot or novice who just wants to experience the beauty, power and grace of the P-51 Mustang. Stallion 51 is the number one choice!
Written May 18, 2021
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Joe; It was our honor to help you celebrate and commemorate your 45 year flying career. Onward and upward in retirement! Thank you for your kind words. KT Budde-Jones
Written May 26, 2021
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AVBZurich
Zurich, Switzerland49 contributions
Dec 2022
This is a worldwide unique opportunity not only to come close to very rare airplanes, but also to fly them in the safest possible environment with outstanding professionals.
What is it all about and so special ?
The P51 is the finest warbird of the second world war:
It was instrumental in freeing Europe from Germany and its regime.
Not only that but it is a truly delightful plane to fly - smoothly or in combat mode.
What to expect:
. a very professional briefing asking about your expectations, explaining the schedule and detailing the flight
. John Posson was my flight instructor and an awesome professional: thank you
. Kelly Managhan (Flight Operations) ensured that everything was well prepared beforehand
. A high adrenaline flight with full explanation of flight phases
. detailed information on how the plane flies for you to take the controls safely and with the back up of your instructor
. amazing maneuvers and always checking if you are feeling fine
. the opportunity to fly the plane as much as you can handle
. again a very professional debrief
Summary:
. thank you Lee Lauderback for sharing your passion and giving us the opportunity to sample these wonderful airplanes
. way better than all the rides in the vicinity : )
. you cannot stop smiling after leaving
. any aviation enthusiast's top of bucket list
. the price is actually very fair when you consider the cost of maintenance and uniqueness of these aircraft
. final word - awesome and want to come back for other flights !!!
Thank you Stallion 51
Written December 18, 2022
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Thank you for your excellent and glowing review of your flight with Stallion 51 flight ops. I think your words will help others to decide whether they want to experience history first hand and at the controls of WWII's quintessential fighter, the P-51 Mustang. You are correct in your history and assessment of her contributions and attributes. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Until your return. KT Budde-Jones
Written December 19, 2022
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Neal
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
This fight was a 50th wedding anniversary gift from my wife. What a gift it was! Flying the Mustang was all I had imagined and more! Stallion 51 is a first class operation. My instructor pilot, “Jive” Kirby, was excellent; very personable, very professional and very experienced. This is a bucket list item I certainly recommend to any pilot or aviation enthusiast.
Written April 1, 2022
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Congratulations on a life well lived together! Glad we could help you commemorate and celebrate such an auspicious milestone. KT Budde-Jones
Written April 12, 2022
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Rick N
1 contribution
Apr 2022
Many years in the making and I was finally able to book a flight with Stallion 51 and Jerry "Jive" Kerby and the very fitting "Little Witch" TF-51. I took a ride in "Ho Hun" in 1989 but nothing compares to actually being the one in control of this beautiful airplane. She is a brute but handles like a Princess and was a dream to fly. Jerry was fantastic in his pre-flight, flight op and post flight explanations and directions and made you feel right at home. The staff from the smallest of jobs all the way up the line made me feel at home and took care of all my questions and needs. Do yourself a favor before you wish you had and book a flight in one of these extraordinary warbirds. You will not regret it. Rick Nelson
Written April 22, 2022
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Rick, So glad you were finally able to join us in the cockpit and take the controls of our dual cockpit-dual control Mustang, nothing like taking the controls of your flying fantasy! Thank you for your kind words, we hope you will come and visit us again. Until then, KT Budde-Jones
Written May 6, 2022
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Matthew K
1 contribution
Jun 2021
An amazing once in a lifetime experience for any aviation buff or fan of these amazing aircraft. Stallion 51 is a professional group of people who are there to help you fly a Mustang. My Uncle survived cancer and had flying one of these aircraft as his #1 on his bucket list. Kelly was amazing at setting up the whole trip months in advance and was masterful at navigating the COVID details as well. Beth and KT were there on the day prior and day of the flight to help us show up ready to fly. Steve and John were our pilots and led us through an amazing flight with plenty of stick time. My uncle and I are both former military pilots and this is one of the highlights of my aviation career. We were even able to fly some formation flight off of one another which was very cool, the aerobatics will take your breath away. Last but not least, Greg, the Flight Mech keeps these beasts in absolutely perfect order and were immaculate to look at. Never forget the ground crew that makes the flights happen!! Thanks again for a great trip, I hope to be back soon!!
Written June 22, 2021
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We were so pleased to be able to share our cockpits with you and your uncle for a special family formation flight. Thank you for joining us. KT Budde-Jones
Written June 29, 2021
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