20 minutes of P-51's at Oshkosh.

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  1. willie_pete

    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    Way, way back in the day, I went from FL to Chicago to go to school. A friend of my father's from FL moved up there a few years earlier and either bought or started a FBO at Midway. I looked him up my first year there and he let me work there washing airplanes for a few bucks every Saturday. I was going to trade the work for airplane hours to work on getting my license, but that didn't work out - too much school.

    He owned a Mustang; a true thing of beauty.


    I did wash it a few times. :D
     
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    I have in my WW2 library a book by Stephen Ambrose (actually, I have several books by him) called "The Wild Blue" about B-24 pilots in Europe.

    He mentions the Tuskegee Airmen and their P-51s. Initially, the bomber crews thought the Red Tail's pilots (they painted the tails red so the enemy would know who did the damage) were cowards because they flew high above the bombers. But they soon realized that the P-51s flew high because when they saw the Kraut fighters the Tuskegee Airmen would nose straight down and be barreling toward the enemy like a freight train.

    The Germans knew who they were. They were deadly efficient and the Germans were scared of them.

    The Krauts were scared of the planes too. Took all kinds of abuse but kept on flying.

    Go Mustangs.
     
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  3. Simi_gun_guy

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    Well, that could have been an all day rabbit hole! Thanks for posting!
    There’s another vid of a P51 “Voodoo” doing a ~500 mph flyby! Cool stuff.


    View: https://youtu.be/C6DWBkF7NUI
     
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  4. willie_pete

    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    I got to see a P51 in person a few years ago. I was blown away at how tiny the aircraft was. Seeing pictures and videos of it is deceptive.

    The plane I saw was a P51C. The demo flight was quite boring. They would not put the slightest stress on the airframe.
     
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    There was a guy in King City California that had 2 of them as I recall...
     
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    Out West Just lack finishing up

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    Awesome! Thanks for the vid.
     
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    I'll never forget the first time I saw a P51 flyby at an air show. It must have been 300 yards away but the sound of that deep throaty engine reverberated through my chest. It was pure AWESOME!! Made me a fan ever since.
    Love the old WW2 planes they were sexy.
     
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    Dead sexy looking planes in person. They just look fast. And yes, they are small.
     
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  10. G19Tony

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    Well, they are over 70 years old.
     
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    Glockbug Essential Deplorable

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    Thanks for that. They were great aircraft for their time. My father flew on flying fortresses from England against the nazis in Europe and Africa. He was a machine gunner with 30 combat missions.
     
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    I get it. I do.

    But they made the painfully slow turns, made a perfect square and can back. Just underwhelming I guess.

    I didn’t expect a loop, but a fly by and a
    Maybe a roll or something.
     
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    Emily W Trott "Gary" is now a part of my past

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    It would have been 1967 or 68 and I was away at boarding school on the Connecticut River in central Mass. It was on a hill so the football field was below us as we walked along the road in front of the dorms. We heard a loud noise and there was a P51 buzzing the field right about at eye level with us. It was one of the coolest things that I've ever seen in my life. :)
     
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    Thanks for posting!
    I hate to admit it, but I think that old Rolls sounds better than my '58 Pan. :D
     
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    They even took out ME-262's (the first jets) at the outset didn't they?
     
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    I've had three remarkable plane viewings in my life. Saw the XB70 coming in for a landing at Dobbins AFB GA while I was driving down to Florida. Saw a incredible F15 demonstration at Bowling Green KY airport. And best of all, they had in some war birds and the control tower gave them MY farm to fly around. Two P51 mustangs and a Vought 4 Corsair. Corsair was much bigger and just flew around but the two P51 s went at it hammer and tong for 20 minutes right over my house. Merlin engines makes goose bumps on my arm. Priceless memory.
     
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    I had the pleasure of watching Bob Hoover fly his P-51 at Fox Field (LA county High desert) in the early 70's when I was 10-12. Still remember him doing one wheel touchdowns and alternating between them, etc, beside all his impressive flying skills. Then he got into a twin engine Shrike (IIRC) and did almost all the same maneuvers!
    He made quite an impression on me. And of course the P-51!
     
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    While I still believe the non-Allison P-51 was the greatest propeller fighter of WWII, it had a fatal flaw. The Merlin and Packard Mustangs could not fly inverted because they had carbs and wet sump oil systems. The German DB-609 series (ME/BF-109 and in-line FW-190s & TA-152 series had fuel injection and dry-sump lube systems that didn't care about gravity. They learned that if they could make a Mustang (and most Spitfires, eg.) roll...they were toast. HH
     
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    Heard a few P51s in the air, always amazed at how loud they were, even from a distance and cruising (not wide open throttle). And they are gorgeous to look at. Like a classic car, all the dimensions and curves are just right.