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O/T P-51 Mustang ... what a machine it is

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by trap41, Jan 12, 2008.

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  1. trap41

    trap41 TS Member

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    I thought you guys might enjoy this one, since some of you on TS.com were in the second world war when this plane saw most of the action or know someone who was.

    I truly believe that because of this machine we won the war.

    What a beautiful Air Craft and one of many of that era.

    Mash on the U-tube Link above.

    Trap
     
  2. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    One very bad bird
     
  3. mnjim

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    A thing of beauty. MnJim
     
  4. Neil R

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    Also a tribute to the Rolls Royce 12 Cylinder engine under license to Packard.
    Neil
     
  5. whos your daddy

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    General Chuck Yeager become an ACE in his p-51, named for his wife "glamorous Glenn".If you like Mustangs, check out Titan aircraft website. These guys are making one badda$$ replica
     
  6. DocJim

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    And you can fly a dual control P-51 at Kissimmee, Florida. Just pony up about 1 years ammunition cost. I've had 2 friends that have taken the ride and the client does almost all of the flying except the take-off and landing. Try the link below for details.
    http://www.stallion51.com/
     
  7. smokerz

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    Uncle Rodger, 50 missions in the Pacific. Balls of steel and a 51D, the Japs didn't have a prayer.

    <a href="http://s242.photobucket.com/albums/ff161/smokerez/?action=view┬Ąt=lucky_lucy1.jpg" target="_blank">[​IMG]</a>

    <a href="http://s242.photobucket.com/albums/ff161/smokerez/?action=view&current=lucky_lucy_colorized.jpg" target="_blank">[​IMG]</a>
     
  8. trap41

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    Man-oh-Man Smokerz, that picture should be considered for the history books.

    What a beauty.

    Thanks
     
  9. Popgun

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    Watched the History Channel P51 was rated the No. 1 fighter of all times.

    It is also my favorite aircraft, never got to see one fly, but as a youngster at the aviation technical center we had access to a P51. We played all over the plane, in, over and outside of craft. Just thought I should pass this information on.

    My Mother worked at Goodyear Aircraft, Akron, Ohio, on Cosairs during the war.

    Popgun, Bob Smith
     
  10. jmas

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    The P-51 flew most of its wartime missions as a bomber escort in raids over Germany, helping ensure Allied air superiority from early 1944. It also saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. The Mustang began the Korean War as the United Nations' main fighter, but was relegated to a ground attack role when superseded by jet fighters early in the conflict. Nevertheless, it remained in service with some air forces until the early-1980s.

    As well as being economical to produce, the Mustang was a fast, well-made and highly durable aircraft. The definitive version of the single-seat fighter was powered by the Packard V-1650-3, a two-stage two-speed supercharged 12-cylinder Packard-built version of the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, and armed with six of the aircraft version of the .50 caliber (12.7 mm) Browning machine guns.
     
  11. trap41

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    The P-47 .. a sight to behold. A beautiful bird known as one of the work horses.
     
  12. Roger IL

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    If you have never stood next to a P-51 when it is fired up you haven't lived. Its a sound and a feeling that cannot be described. I love the mustangs and have since I first saw and heard one. The National Guard in Peoria were issued P-51s after the war. My dad and I would set at the end of the runway (yep you could do it back then) and watch the come and go. What a site. What a sound when that big Merlin was humming at full song.............Roger
     
  13. chuckles

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    FWIW...The main contribution of the P51 was its fuel capacity and the fact that it could accompany the B17's B24's on long range missions over Germany, Rumania. etc...

    also a magnificant, sleek, fast fighter AC its WWII kill ratio was 11:1

    the P47 a veritable flying tank had a kill ratio of 9:1

    you need to fly one, either one, to truly appreciate the power of the AC...

    P38 Lightning no slouch either...

    regards
     
  14. ec90t

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    P-51's are the glory fighters of WWII. While a good fighter and an excellent escourt plane they lacked a few abilities and couldn't stand up to a lot of abuse.

    Our best fighter of WWII was the P-38. The top two aces of the war flew them and they were unriviled in the proper hands of a well trained pilot!

    The plane that has always got my blood stirring is the F-4 Corsair! A plane of unconventional design and built for a single purpose, Dog Fighting! 2500hp of pure aircooled radial engine with just enough airfrme to make it fly. The Japanees didn't call it "whistling death" for nothing.

    ec90t
     
  15. chuckles

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    There was no "Best fighter AC" for WWII, it was a subjective issue in that it would depend almost entirely on the skill of the pilot, Dick Bong happened to be an exceptionally skilled P38 pilot along with Chuck Yeager in P51's and Bob Johnson in P47's.....not to mention several German Luffwaffe pilots with in excess of 200 kills to their credit in ME's and FW's but they were flying against Russian kids in inferior AC...

    The Jap Zero's were easily one of the best fighter AC in WWII...

    Like Trap shooting...it's not the gun its the pilot errr I mean the shooter....

    regards
     
  16. Chango2

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    This is a neat thread. I am an old baby boomer. My late father worked on the P-51 helping to engineer powerplant development for North American Aviation during WWII. He related the story that the plane was not "too good" until the Allison was replaced with the Merlin. He also had an exciting task one day of running a static test on the P-51. The plane was located in Palmdale, California, and he fired up the Allison and slowly increased supercharger boost to show "them" that the engine would fail before requisite power was developed. I believe his team's efforts in part led to the switch to the Merlin.

    When I shoot at Palmdale Fin and Feather Club I look out at the Antelope Valley and think of my father, his peers, and the history that was lived "out there". Any "victory" at Fin and Feather I consider as a salute to my father.

    I did get the chance to sneak behind a P-51 at the Mammoth Lakes airshow years ago; a parked P-51 that was about to start. I was about 25 feet from the tail of that plane. All I can say is: Wow!! A wonderful bath of noise, wind, and aromas.
     
  17. Tdog

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    The sound of a MERLIN wound up making a high speed, low pass is a beautiful sound that you'll never forget. If you want to see and experience WWII aircraft of almost all types, go to the EAA convention at Oshkosh WI the last week in July. Something you'll never forget!
     
  18. jimx200

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    A friend of mine, Lee Schaller, a Oral Surgeon who lives and keeps his toys in Sonoma, CA. has a P51. Not sure which model, but I remember sitting in a small jump seat directly behind him. He frequently would take it to air shows in the West and has flown into Oshkosh on occasion. On my ride day, we flew into Oakland airport and the various corporate pilots came out and we offering to exchange ride s in their jets. He also has a Taylor Craft and a bi-plane (can't remember the name). If anyone is a pilot out here, they know him.
     
  19. smokerz

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    **The sound of a MERLIN wound up making a high speed, low pass is a beautiful sound that you'll never forget.**

    Crank up your speakers and click the link -
     
  20. whos your daddy

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    I stand corrected earl // you are right/ it is "glamorous Glen III" I have fairly good size detailed model, signed by Gen Yeager. I think I may have read somewhere his wife's name is Glennis. I also wanted to mention that I live in Evansville, where Republic Aviation was located. They produced another tough 'ol bird, the P47 Thunderbolt
     
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