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I liked the P-40 Warhawk, as I built a model as a kid. I liked the tiger shark teeth painted on the side!
First plastic model I ever assembled was Aurora's kit of a P-40. They'd brought out four WW2 fighters at pretty much the same time: P-38, P-40, Bf-109, and FW-190. The P-38 was molded out of blue plastic, the P-40 was gray, the 109 red and the 190 black. Naturally it was the shark's teeth that sold me on the P-40. :) Almost forgot, Aurora marketed a fifth WW2 fighter along with the above mentioned quartet: a Zero molded in yellow plastic - a choice of color which I don't think would go over too well these days
 

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I liked the P-40 Warhawk, as I built a model as a kid. I liked the tiger shark teeth painted on the side!
The P-40 was pretty capable. Could contend with anything below 15,000 feet. Actually had a positive kill ratio against the Messerschmidt in the Mediterranean. British pilots who had their Hurricanes replaced with "Kittyhawks" were the first to paint the sharks teeth on them.
 

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I'm curious how the Mustang compared to the P-38 ? Just always liked the P-38 for some reason but I get why the Mustang is so romanticized, its one sweet plane !
 

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The P-38ook down Admiral Yamamoto too.
My Dad flew P38's, in fact his unit (347th out of Guadalcanal) was the unit that intercepted Yamamoto. His flight was doing routine patrols that day. When people asked about it he said all they saw was water...lots of green and brown water, the other guys (hand picked for the mission) had all the fun.
 

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There's a good book on the Yamamoto mission titled, appropriately, "Killing Yamamoto". Pretty good read and the order to take him out came down from FDR.
 

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The P51 is a great plane. I’m a little partial to the F4U Corsair only because I was promised a ride in one that never happened. This plane was based out of Kalispell, MT and when we lived there we got to know the pilot who was a member of our church. His employer was the owner but Steve was the only one that could handle the plane.

I’ve seen a bunch of these at different places but this baby was in perfect condition. Best restoration of one I’ve ever seen. I love the sound of those radial engines.

They had taken all the old bulky radio gear out from behind the pilot’s seat and installed a very small jump seat so that he could give rides. Steve was the one who tweeked my son’s interest in flying and supported him in getting his commercial pilots license.

We were both to get rides but the move to Colorado threw a clinker in that plan.

Some guy got my ride and this is his video.



 

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The whistle is caused by wind blowing across the inboard gun ports.
I'm guessing the gun ports are covered over on any that are currently flying. That leaves the radiator cowl and the turbocharger as potential sources.

The P51 is a great plane. I’m a little partial to the F4U Corsair only because I was promised a ride in one that never happened. This plane was based out of Kalispell, MT and when we lived there we got to know the pilot who was a member of our church. His employer was the owner but Steve was the only one that could handle the plane.

I’ve seen a bunch of these at different places but this baby was in perfect condition. Best restoration of one I’ve ever seen. I love the sound of those radial engines.

They had taken all the old bulky radio gear out from behind the pilot’s seat and installed a very small jump seat so that he could give rides. Steve was the one who tweeked my son’s interest in flying and supported him in getting his commercial pilots license.

We were both to get rides but the move to Colorado threw a clinker in that plan.

Some guy got my ride and this is his video.


Planes most feared by the Japanese -
At low altitude - P-40
At high altitude - P-38
At all altitudes - Corsair.
 

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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.
That Thunderbolt was an outstanding aircraft; not sexy like the Mustang but a real street fighter that could take a lot of punishment - and dish out even more than it got. It does not get the notoriety it deserves.
 

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I read that the P-51 was a very good aircraft; but, it needed more power:
In the meantime, the British had experimented with Mustangs fitted with the powerful Rolls-RoyceMerlin engine, and they discovered that the Merlin’s efficient mechanical supercharger gave the fighter outstanding high-altitude performance. North American quickly followed suit.
 

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Was out of town for the day and when I got back, they were finishing up an air show at out local airport. Maybe 4:30 or 5:00 in the evening. Walked down to check out the remaining planes on the field. Just then a P51 Mustang made a low pass down the strip. Maybe 15' or 20' off the deck.:cool::cool:
That roar gave me goose bumps, then right after that, a British Spit Fire made the same pass. Both planes doing maybe 200 MPH? THAT was a show to remember. Never forget how cool they both sounded.:D:D:D:cool::cool::cool: Pure horsepower.
 

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That Thunderbolt was an outstanding aircraft; not sexy like the Mustang but a real street fighter that could take a lot of punishment - and dish out even more than it got. It does not get the notoriety it deserves.
Read up on the 57th Fighter Group. Only group to retain their P-47s for the entire war. Became the highest scoring fighter unit in Europe. Dueled with Nazi AA batteries to prep for Market Garden op. Ended war with over 1000 total kills, had an A/C on display at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. They received re- engined P-47m's late in the war that were capable of 465 kts. We're tasked to chase down the ME 262's. Took down about a dozen.
 

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We just had the Wings of Freedom tour here, was going to take Cade but was sick. They had a P51
 

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when the first mustang few over berlin, that fat guy whose name i cant remember in charge of the german air force, turned to his aide and said, we just lost the war. when i was a little boy growing up in fargo n.dak, the air guard their flew them. i loved to watch them fly over fargo and i would watch them when ever they did. when i was stationed with the french in africa they flew corsaers (sp) the sea gull winged plane. they fought the algerians with them. liked them also. i really like the p38 double bodied one with twin propellers. that plane scared the crap out of the japanese and i think it was used in europe. they got that japanese admiral with that kind of plane.
 
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