VAN NUYS — Scores of Californians out for a spin must have received traffic tickets or stern warnings Saturday from police officers, but none were brought down to Earth as firmly as Matt Jackson.
Jackson openly admits he was flying, all right. Doing more than 250 mph in the Valencia area.
Not through it. Above it.
Jackson, 39, of Canyon Country was flying a World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane--"Dove of Peace."
He said he was shocked when he returned to Van Nuys Airport and a Los Angeles County sheriff's helicopter set down right next to him. "I had no idea why they chased me down like that," he said, insisting, in the time-honored way of those about to get a ticket, that he had done nothing wrong.
The deputies told Jackson they had spotted him doing some wild flying but did not issue a citation, saying they would refer the matter to detectives.