May 30, 2013 - Along with an awesome collection of World War II aircraft, the Texas Flying Legends Museum will bring a number of WWII veterans to AirVenture in a C-53 transport. Here is the second in our series of profiles of those veterans, P-47 and P-51 pilot Don "Mac" McKibben.
Don "Mac" McKibben obtained his private pilot certificate in a Piper J-3 Cub through the Civilian Pilot Training Program in June 1941. He had tickets for a train to Canada to join the Royal Canadian Air Force on December 8, 1941, but history intervened the day before at Pearl Harbor.
Mac began U.S. Army Air Corps training in a Ryan PT-22, progressed to the Vultee BT-13 and North American T-6 Texan. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded his wings at Luke Field, Arizona.
Assigned to the Fighting 21st Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group, Mac trained in the P-47 and later in the P-51. With 80 combat missions in both types, he was credited with at least one aerial victory.