Mustang II History
|In 1959 Robert Bushby purchased the rights to
the Midget Mustang along with the tooling, formblocks, etc..
Some of these formblocks are still being used for the M-I bulkheads
today. He began to sell prints for the M-I and in 1963 began
work on a two place design based on the Midget Mustang. In 1965
the first ever Mustang II (N1117M) was brought to the EAA convention
at Rockford (by trailer). In 1966 the prototype was flown to
the convention and was well received. Since that time the prototype
has been upgraded from an O-290 to an O-320 160hp Lycoming. It
has had a tri-gear conversion, various wood props, a constant
speed prop, and a folding wing design added to it. Since 1965,
N1117M has flown to every yearly national EAA convention (Rockford,
Milwaukee, or Oshkosh) except one (1997).
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|After 30+ years of developing and supporting
the Mustang II and Midget, Robert Bushby sold the design rights
to Mustang Aeronautics headed by Chris Tieman in 1992. Our goal
at Mustang Aeronautics has been to make these two excellent aircraft
as easy to build as possible. Both designs were originally plans
built only. Today, the kits have been refined to modern advanced
assembly kits that greatly simplify construction. This has resulted
in a strong resurgence in the popularity of the Mustang II as
build times of less than 3 years part time work (10-15 hrs/week)
||There have been close to 400 Mustang II's built
around the world. The design has logged over 100,000 hours during
the past 3 decades. Over the years various builders have installed
electric and hydraulic retract gear, Thorp T-18 style canopies
for more head room, tip tanks, wet wings, and many other refinements.
1999 Oshkosh Grand Champion Plans Built
|| In 1981 and 1999 at the EAA Oshkosh fly-in
the Grand Champions were Mustang II's built by Larry Kinder and
Phil Funk. There have also been 4 Midget Mustang Grand Champions.
At the Oshkosh fly-ins there are always numerous Mustang II's
with 1000+ hours. The highest time Mustang's have over 2500 hours
on them. Time has indeed treated this design well and we here
at Mustang Aeronautics Inc. are looking forward to even greater
things in the future.