|October 07, 2005
Air Race News
By: Wayne Sagar
Terry Bland Makes
Tough Decision Dago Red To Be Sold
Delivering this story is
truly one of the classic "good
news/bad news" situations we find
ourselves in at times. Yesterday evening
my friend Danny Stout, Dago Red owner
Terry Bland's "right-hand man",
called with news that I'll have to admit,
I'd been expecting but dreading.
||Terry has decided to
offer the blazingly fast,
incredibly well prepared, highly
modified P-51 Mustang Dago Red
for sale. To most of us, that
would be the "bad news"
part of this story...
news, Terry is going to do his
best to ensure that the airplane
goes to a new home where it will
be handled as it should be...
BLAND WANTS DAGO RED TO BE RACED!!
The official news from Team
Dago goes as follows:
Bland has announced that DAGO RED and its
support equipment is for sale. The
sale will be made as a package deal only
at a price of 1.5 million.
5th wheel R.V.
Thorn "MOUSE" Motor
Royce stock motor (Mike
removal and installation
parts, equipment and supplies
detailed list can be available upon
request by contacting Dan Stout by phone
or e-mail -801-787-4373 - firstname.lastname@example.org
purchase inquires can be made by
contacting Terry Bland @
Bland, his crew and his able roster of
pilots have responsibly and aggressively
cared for and raced this historic
RACEPLANE while it was in their charge.
Over the past several years, they have
brought much to the sport of air racing
and they will be missed!
thinking in the warbird community is that
Mustangs and other warbirds are worth
more as stock restorations than as racers
The history of this particular North
American P-51 Mustang airplane as a
thoroughbred racer can not be ignored.
Hopefully, whomever buys her will
recognize this fact! Some airplanes have
a longer and much more colorful history
as a raceplane than they did as a
military airplane and as such, should
carry great value as historic racers.
well have begun life as a military
aircraft but they spent their careers as
RACEPLANES. They were created as warriors
and as raceplanes they carried out this
duty and this is the way they should
preserved. The travesty of Lefty
Gardner's White Lightnin' being brought
back to stock should never happen again
and hopefully, Terry Bland's Red Steed
will again grace the sky with a fully
race prepared Rolls-Royce Merlin in her
nose, fire in her belly and a racer in