Stewart 51 Partner LLC
January February 2020
The photo above was taken last week (February 11th or 12th) in Prescott, Arizona after the FIRST FLIGHT of Mike Doyle's beautiful S51.  His friend, Sprague Limbaugh took the picture of the plane back in the barn.  That is Doyle on the left, Jim Thompson on the right, and chase plane pilot Bill Kowalewski in front of the wing.
Above, First Flight Pilot Eric Huppert after the second flight.

Eric is an Air Force Academy grad, flew Air Force, flew with Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, Florida checking out pilots in T6's and the full size P51's, and is flying with Jet Blue now, while also running his own aviation contracting business.

Eric had a full Wednesday afternoon cockpit study session with the guys in Prescott, including Jim Gohm.  Recall that Gohm and Doyle are both in S51's based in Prescott and are stable mates, and that Gohm has been flying his Stewart for several years now.  Eric and the gang, including Jim Thompson, who has assisted Doyle in finishing the plane these past two years, and Jim Czachorowski, our S51 Builders Group Moderator and Spiritual Leader, worked through the First Flight process together quite well.

Thursday, after a couple of attempts cut short by a prop adjustment and a static system abnormality, Eric launched and took her around the pattern three times with the gear down, greased her in, and taxied in triumphantly.  A close inspection, a few more tweaks, and a longer flight the following day with some stall work and back in.

Eric pronounced her straight and true and a nice performing example of the breed.  By my casual count, that now makes twenty-four Stewart S51's that have flown.  A couple more might take flight this year, but a big Congratulations to Mike Doyle, Jim Thompson, Vern Goodsell (who assisted Doyle for most of the early construction), and everyone who has been part of bringing this particular plane along.

And, special thanks to Eric Huppert for getting involved with the program.  Eric's experience and cool-headed approach were greatly admired and appreciated by the crew in Prescott.