The "Berlin Express" P-51B Mustang achieved legendary status in an epic World War II dogfight in Paris in 1944, piloted by American Bill Overstreet, who flew the aircraft under the Eiffel Tower in hot pursuit of a German fighter. Overstreet eventually downed the German Messerschmitt Bf 109G and eluded heavy enemy fire while escaping the battle with his P-51B Mustang "Berlin Express" intact.
More than 70 years after this landmark moment, the "Berlin Express" is making a historic transatlantic flight from the U.S. to Duxford, England with Stallion 51 Corporation's owner and USAF Heritage Flight Alumni Lee Lauderback in the cockpit, following the same route it took in 1942 as part of the military troop buildup in the UK during WW II. The four-day, 5,470-mile journey began June 28 in Texas and will conclude at Duxford Airfield on July 4, where Dan Friedkin will then pilot it in the Flying Legends Airshow on the right wing alongside his longtime Horsemen Flight Teammates Steven Hinton and Ed Shipley on July 8 & 9.
Welcome! We are The Horsemen Flight Team. We took off over a decade ago as the world's only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team. Since that time, the team has grown into flying other platforms in formation, including F8F Bearcats, F4U Corsairs, and F-86 Sabres and most recently, the P-38 Lightning. Even though we change up our aircraft, our philosophy of flight has never changed; ESCAPE LIFE'S GRAVITY. We fly because we love it. We fly because it's our getaway. We fly to honor the historic aircraft we are privileged to ride.
There is an unspoken bond that connects all that we do. Academy Award winning composer James Horner's original composition, written for our team, best captures our deep respect and passion for the vintage military fighters that we fly. We are humbled to be a part of these aerobatic performances celebrating our shared combat history.
The Horsemen Flight Team for 2017 are Steve Hinton flying lead in a P-38 Lightning with Dan Friedkin and Ed Shipley sticking tight to his wing in Mustangs. Our spirit is not represented by individual pilots, particular airplanes, or specific routines. Instead, we are always looking up, searching the skies for life's next adventure.
MEET THE TEAM
Ed Shipley's air show career began with the Six of Diamonds T-6 formation aerobatic team, where he flew right wing and lead. He is a founding member of The Horsemen.
Ed was a 747 pilot for Atlas Air and has flown air shows for over 20 years in the T-6, P-51, F4U, F8F, and F-86. He has piloted a Mustang across the Atlantic and flown a F4U Corsair off of a nuclear aircraft carrier. Ed was a board member of the International Council of Air Shows and currently is an ICAS Ace evaluator for warbirds and jets.
Steve Hinton is a fixture in the world of warbirds, performing at air shows around the world for more than 35 years, flying over 150 types of aircraft. His restoration company Fighter Rebuilders LLC, has restored more than 40 warbirds to pristine flying condition.
President of Planes of Fame Air Museum since 1994; founding member of the Motion Picture Pilots Association; a civilian pilot with the USAF Heritage Flight; World Speed Record holder; Reno Air Race Champion; with more than 7000 hours flying WWII fighters. Steve was inducted into the EAA Warbird Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the Art Sholl Showmanship Award from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) in 2010.
Dan Friedkin grew up enraptured by flight. As a young teenager, he began flying gliders and quickly evolved to pilot a variety of tail wheel aircraft and helicopters. By age eighteen, he was rated in the Lockheed Jetstar, and two years later became enthralled with the P-51 Mustang, thus beginning a life long fascination with warbirds.
Dan enjoys participating in air shows throughout North America and Europe, flying right wing for The Horsemen. Additionally, Dan enjoys flying in commemorative displays around the world, most recently in the UK with the Eagle Squadron.