Some time ago I heard someone say "I need a short field airplane, so I'm building a [brand x] instead of a Mustang II". That afternoon I jumped in the Mustang II to see what the airplane could do. Steve Crocker took the video standing approximately 925 feet from the runway threshold.
The :33 second video that you can download below is of N727RH doing a short field landing to a full stop (in 500 feet) and then taking off (in another 450 feet) for a total landing and takeoff distance of 950 feet. (In the video notice the 1,000 foot runway marker just 50 feet after liftoff.) Mustang IIs are routinely flown into grass fields as well.
Four full stop landings were performed - distances 500-550 feet.
Four short field takeoffs were performed - distances 400-450 feet.
Gross weight - 1,450 pounds; 10 knot headwind component; field elevation 401 feet (KOLV, MS), temperature 72
°; flap 25° for takeoff, full flap for landing; full power prior to brake release; maximum braking on landing. Date: October 30, 1999
Note: Cleveland "Super Heavy Duty" brakes installed. (192,000 foot pound kinetic energy rating.)
- Two file formats are available - Most Windows 95/98/NT users should be able to run the ".avi" format, however it is a much larger file to download. Neither has audio to keep them as small as possible.
- The ".mov" format is a "QuickTime 4" video file. This should work on Apple Macintosh systems and many Windows systems with QuickTime 4 and the correct decompression application. If you do not already have QuickTime, you can download it from the link below.
- Note on the .avi video: If after it loads and you only see a still picture - click on the picture to start it.
Download the QuickTime (.mov) video format
"m2.mov" (1,029 KB)
Download QuickTime 4 to run the
.mov video format (if you do not already have the plug-in.) Once on your computer, this will be useable for other .mov videos you download in the future if you also have the correct decompression application installed.
Download the Windows (.avi) video format "m3.avi" (3,302 KB)