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Durango man owns World War II-era plane
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John Earley, right, prepares to fly his P-51 Mustang in the company of flight instructor Mike Schlarb on Saturday morning at the Durango-La Plata County Airport. The airplane is one of 123 in the United States, according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry.
John Earley and Mike Schlarb take off from the Durango-La Plata County Airport on Saturday morning. Earley, of Durango, owns the plane and Schlarb is a flight instructor.
Tim Alfred of Avtronics, Inc., examines wiring of a P-51 Mustang. He is replacing and updating avionics in a hangar at Stevens Field in Pagosa Springs.
John Earley is learning to fly his P-51 Mustang with the help of a local flight instructor.
Tim Alfred of Avtronics, Inc., climbs toward the cockpit of John Earley’s P-51 Mustang while working on avionics at Stevens Field in Pagosa Springs.
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