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outstanding photo--one of the best I've ever seen. I think it's the shadow of the empennage putting that racing stripe across the fuselage.
I was already a longtime P-51 buff when one day in an oilfield puddlejumper in the Guatamala outback we had to put down due to emergency weather at a military field--this was in the early 80s, long after i'd have thought there was any P-51s around except in stateside flying museum shows--and there was a dozen ready-to-fight Mustangs in jungle camo lined up off the runway! I damn near had a fit to get some pix, trotted over to the line-up with my kodak--and promply got trotted right back to my plane by several po'd guards. No pictures, DUH!
Does anyone know where I can view a photo of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine? I've heard so much about it, on shows about the P-51, etc., and would love to see the engine itself, multiple views, perhaps some specs on it.
While the P-51 is a popular plane, there were quite a few WWII birds which fit the comparrison. The P-47 Thunderbolt flew high and fast and carried plenty of ground attack capacity, same with the P-38 Lightning, the P-39 Airacobra didn't fly as high and perform, but was excellent for ground attack, and so on. Not to mention all the Navy planes: Hellcats and Corsairs...
Rather than re-inventing the P-51 (a plane designed primarily for bomber escort- high ceiling, long range) what they have done is re-invent the concept of aerial dominance. With no enemies in the sky, why put superjets up against savages with AK47s?
My money is on craft like the MQ9 Reaper. Flys higher, loiters longer, and no flyboy to get tired or crash and burn, remote control baby. Imagine having a few of those in WWII!