Battle Creek Field of Flight

July 3 - 7, 2019

Scott "Scooter" Yoak in the P-51D Mustang "Quick Silver" (June 30 & July 1)

P-51D Mustang Quick SilverScott "Scooter" Yoak will be making his Battle Creek debut in 2018 in the beautifully restored P-51D Mustang "Quick Silver".
"Quick Silver" is looked at as "The Resurrected Veteran". The P-51 Mustang itself is one of the most famous aircraft of World War II, and is known today as one of the most celebrated fighters of all time. The P-51 is a celebration of our nation's armed forces. Every aspect of the paint on "Quick Silver" represents those who have served, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. From the cape and veil that represent freedom and the eagle that has flown with every aviator; to the black paint with tiny sparkling stars that represents the American Veteran that served our great country. The silver ring behind the spinner represents the shining halo of the guardian angel that guides service, those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, to their final resting place. The black and white invasion stripes on the wing represent the markings that were on all allied aircraft on D-Day. "Quick Silver" also showcases the post war version of the stars and bars, which represent the Armed Forces. All United States Fighter planes carry the symbol, and "Quick Silver" carries the post war version because it was never a part of a unit until after World War II. All the bare metal of the P-51 is polished, that way you can look closely into it, see your reflection and see for whom our veterans fought. The late Bill Yoak (Scott's father), an individual with a love and passion for this type aircraft did all of the metal work. The re-manufactured parts are handmade. Unlike the hurried war effort parts, these are made with the skill and care of a master craftsman, and obtain the utmost attention to detail necessary to restore this Mustang to a condition better than factory new in 1945.

Scott Scott "Scooter" Yoak is the pilot for "Quick Silver". Scooter is a 2008 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus with a major in Aviation Maintenance Science. While attending school at ERAU, Scott obtained his Commercial Single and Multi Engine Land, Single Engine Sea, Flight Instructor, and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. In between all of the school flying, he built hours by banner towing and instructing in the family T-6 Texan before checking out in the P-51 at the age of 20. After Graduation, Scooter moved back to West Virginia, obtained his Inspection Authorization, and has picked up the family restoration and fabrication business. He currently holds a Surface Level Aerobatic waiver in the P-51 and performs in 20-25 shows a year. His current Total time is 6,500+ hours and over 1000 in P-51’s. As this silver bird quickly streaks across the sky, Let Us Not Forget Those Who Served, Sacrificed, And Gave Their All!! Don't miss this salute on June 30 - July 1.