KISSIMMEE, Fla. (November 27, 2013) — The Kissimmee Gateway Airport is pleased to announce that one of its flight business pilots, Lee Lauderback of Stallion 51, was inducted into the EAA Warbird Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Lauderback, who has been flying since 1966, is President, CEO and founder of Stallion 51 Corporation located at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport. Stallion 51 is regarded as the world leader in Mustang flights and training and Lauderback has been the chief flight instructor since Stallion 51’s inception, amassing over 20,000 flight hours in all types of aircraft including over 9,000 hours in the Mustang. He is the highest time Mustang pilot in the World and is one of the pilots for the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Program. His expertise and vast experience in both the corporate and private aviation has earned him the distinction of being an FAA Examiner and he is often called upon to flight test various Vintage planes, helicopters and Turbojets before they are accepted.
Currently, when not instructing at Stallion 51 flight operations, Lee is seen at air shows performing his signature solo Mustang routine or participating in the USAF Heritage Flight program as civilian lead in the Mustang. The USAF Heritage Flight program showcases historic WWII military aircraft as well as the current USAF military aircraft in a unique formation flight. Lee also instructs for the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland.
The EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women who share the spirit of EAA's founder: a passion for the freedom that flight offers. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are selected by their peers for the myriad of contributions made to their particular realm of flight - and aviation as a whole.
Each year, EAA welcomes and honors five new members to its Sport Aviation Hall of Fame. Representing Homebuilders, Warbirds of America, International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association and Ultralights, these inductees capture the spirit of EAA and its community.
Source: Stallion 51 http://www.trade-a-plane.com/company-search?id=66302
About Stallion 51
Experts in historical aircraft and aviation, Stallion 51 is a comprehensive aviation organization offering a wide range of services. From orientation flights in the legendary P-51 Mustang and historic T-6 Texan to aircraft management, sales and FAA medical certifications, Stallion 51 brings quality, safety, integrity and experience to each of its business units. For more information about Stallion 51, please visit www.stallion51.com.
About Kissimmee Gateway Airport
Kissimmee Gateway Airport, located just eight miles east of Walt Disney World and 10 miles from the Orange County Convention Center, accommodates general aviation air service 24-hours a day with two paved runways, 5,000 and 6,000 feet each. The airport also offers full-service FBO’s, flight training, aircraft storage, aircraft restoration, P-51 Mustang pilot training, T-6 Warbird adventure flights and an industrial park. Its air traffic control tower operates from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Built in 1942, Kissimmee Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the City of Kissimmee. For more information visit www.kissimmeeairport.com.