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God I love this airplane. So sexy and just think about how it out performed everything at the time and it was designed by men using pencils and slide rules , no computers!
If you were the enemy and you heard that whistle, that meant your time on earth was over!

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A friend of mine flew P-51Ds from Iwo Jima on VLR B-29 escort and ground attack missions over the Japanese home islands - 458thFS/506thFG, Iwo's No.3 Airfield. He'd been an instructor on P39s, P-40s, P-47s and the P-51C/Ds, but fell in love with the Mustang (who wouldn't?).
 

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I always wondered why an updated version with modern electronics and weapons systems would not fill a slot in the line up still? Probably could buy five for the price of one attack helicopter and the number in the air as opposed to being sidelined for breakdown and maintenance at any time would be of great advantage.
 

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Good Morning All...It was mid-summer, 1967...I recall it was the Dallas/Ft. Worth area
and our Seabee base out of Port Hueneme, California was there, staging our show called
OPERATION RECOVERY in conjunction with the appearance of the Navy BLUE ANGEL flight
demonstration team and the US Army Golden Knights parachuting team...Our own show was
staged thruout the 1967 year in celebration of the Navy Civil Engineer 100th and the
Navy Seabee 25th anniversiaries... I was narrator of our show and got a lot of interviews
and camera time and was able to move about and around at will. There was this organization
there that to this day, I don't know if military or civilian called THE TEXAS AIR FORCE...This
event I wanted to tell you about involved that organizations plane, the P-51 Mustang...
Totally unexpected, as I was gawking and roaming, the engine of this Mustang was lighted-off
with a shuddering, shirt tugging, hair mussing roar.....it seemed as if the Earth, tugged
under-foot....just unconsciously, I had to duck down..... it was if to escape a tunnel of dragged
air away from me...Perhaps I had wandered into a posted , DO NOT ENTER area. Hearing damaging sounds reverberated off the asphalt....underfoot the continued vibrations...the
sounds and feelings increased and leveled-off as some one was throttling the planes engine.
Never saw the Mustang air-borne, however there was an old, prop-driven C-54 that was
part of the 'Angels show...... I wrote a story long ago titled SUMMER OF '67 about these days...
days before going off to Vietnam the first time...that story is posted down in my story section
and told about our show in Belle Chase, LA. Chief
 

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The P51 was an amazing plane! I had the good fortune to grow up around several men who had been pilots in WWII, a couple had flown bombers in Europe and one grand fellow who had been a P 38 pilot in the Pacific theatre. They all had some great stories to share with those kids that cared to listen.
 

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The P51 Mustang is a great fighter but from what I understand that it wouldn't take anywhere near the a damage that the P47 Thunderbolt would & still fly home. They say the P51 Mustang was used more for escort duty than one on one dogfights or bombing. The P47 Thunderbolt was the workhorse of WWll.
 

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I disagree
The P51 had the range to escort our bombers deep into Germany
It was a pivotal part of turning the tide in Europe
The only weakness on the Mustang was that low-mounted radiator. Seems like the pilots were still willing to take the risk on ground attacks. It was still the AF's primary close air support platform in Korea.
 

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Long before the P51 this was the Pacific prowler,

The P-38 was used most successfully in the Pacific Theater of Operations and the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations as the aircraft of America's top aces, Richard Bong (40 victories), Thomas McGuire (38 victories) and Charles H. MacDonald (27 victories). In the South West Pacific theater, the P-38 was the primary long-range fighter of United States Army Air Forces until the appearance of large numbers of P-51D Mustangs toward the end of the war.
 
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