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    Default The P-51 : Cadillac of the Skies.

    In 1943, the large and slow Flying Fortresses, used in the US Air Force's daylight bombing raids, were being shot out of the sky at a rate of up to 60 per day. Only one fighter plane could save them - the single-seat P51 Mustang. The P51 enabled American pilots to fly eight-hour missions - by the end of the war, it accounted for half of all German planes destroyed, either in the air or on the ground. American and German veterans recount the legend that was the Mustang. (R)

    For those that can ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode..._of_the_Skies/

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    This time I will take British Airways

    http://www.britishairways.com/travel...&link=main_nav

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    Always been my fav ww2 plane. Took the fight to the Luftwaffe over its own country and kicked ass.

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    Great, thanks for posting

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    Canīt see it, Sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armored_diplomacy View Post
    Canīt see it, Sir.
    Part one ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TPl1utNvQ0

    Two ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf6fMBfIUXY

    Three ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW11fCTdqkA

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    Thanks a lot for the links, wotsnext.
    I really enjoied it.
    This was uploaded 2010? Never seen it before.
    That's why I love this forum ... You always find something new for you.

    The P 51 is a absolutly great plane

    British RollsRoyce machine, German design, American productivity ...

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    Thanks a lot Wotsnext !

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    Actually it's an American design built to British Specifications.

    Quote Originally Posted by johanness View Post
    Thanks a lot for the links, wotsnext.
    I really enjoied it.
    This was uploaded 2010? Never seen it before.
    That's why I love this forum ... You always find something new for you.

    The P 51 is a absolutly great plane

    British RollsRoyce machine, German design, American productivity ...

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    That was a great watch. Love the details on how the drop tanks were constructed and the number oa aaa losses compared to air to air. It's got me thinking about German experiences attacking the b-17s was it a challenge in their eyes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaplanr View Post
    Actually it's an American design built to British Specifications.
    You are sure you checked who designed the "Mustang" ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Schmued



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    Edgar Schmued, Chief Designer North American Aviation, [6]

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    The plane was B grade until the merlin was thrown into it.

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    Many years ago I was at the Palm Springs Air museum and I talked to a guide for a while, who was a former P-51D pilot in the Pacific region. He told me the story how Col. Charles Lindbergh, who was not permitted to fly combat sorties, found ways to maximise range on the long flights over the ocean when escorting B-29s. Was very interesting to listen to the gentleman, had the greatest respect for him. Ended my day there with a crawl around in the resident B-17.

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    So maybe a German Designer is more accurate. German Design implies it's coming out of the same engineering pipeline as the BF-109 or Focke-Wulf or Junkers.

    Quote Originally Posted by johanness View Post
    You are sure you checked who designed the "Mustang" ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Schmued



    Any damned fool can criticize, but it takes a genius to design it in the first place.
    Edgar Schmued, Chief Designer North American Aviation, [6]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaplanr View Post
    So maybe a German Designer is more accurate. German Design implies it's coming out of the same engineering pipeline as the BF-109 or Focke-Wulf or Junkers.
    True, that is the better wording.

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