Sat Oct 4th 2014, EAA 154 was invited along with the Regina chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society to tour the hangar containing Terry Dieno’s Mustang restoration projects in Davidson SK. Terry was most generous with his time and personally toured us through his various buildings containing, as well as his personal aircraft and the mustang restorations, his vast collection of classic muscle cars (mostly GTOs).
Terry has been an avid aviator since 1973, owning a vast array of aircraft from crop sprayers to competitive aerobatic planes. A dream of Terry’s was to fly the mustang so when the P-51D LOU IV came up for sale he put in a bid and to his surprise won the auction.
LOU IV had been heavily damaged in a crash and would require extensive restoration. When the restoration work began Terry quickly realized the cost of having one off parts engineered and produced would be prohibitive, however, the cost of having an additional set of parts built at the same time was much more reasonable. As a result 2 additional mustang restoration projects were acquired to be completed and sold to defer the cost of the original project. Of the three mustangs LOU IV is the most progressed and may even be ready for run up this autumn.
Terry Dieno with LOU IV
LOU IV with pre crash poster in background
LOU IV Cockpit
Another Mustang taking shape
The third Mustang project
Aircraft engine beside classic auto
Update Aug 2017 - Now sitting on it's gear and ready to run.