A Bird of a Different Sort….. The P-51 Mustang!

The mighty P-51 Mustang!
The neatest thing about these classic warbirds is that by following the serial numbers you can trace the lineage and pilots of the particular plane and the exploits of the pilots during WW2.
This first mustang is the famous H model, super fast and could pull g force turns that made the luftwaffe cringe With horror. The advanced K-14 gyro gunsite let the pilot track targets through extreme turns. This particular bird was piloted by Lt. Crenshaw who had 11 credited kills with the 82nd pursuit squadron and won numerous medals including the DSC and DFC. Lt Crenshaw, he named his Mustang the “Louisiana Heatwave”
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Next we have either a D or F model Mustang named “Derailer”. This particular P-51 is famous because it is one of a very few P-51 Mustangs left that was flown by the 66th Pursuit squadron know as the Red Tails made famous by the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all african american fighter squadron stationed in Italy during WW2. This particular P-51 was flown by Capt. Leon Roberts.
During Hurricane Katrina the air museum at Battleship park in Mobile Alabama was hit hard and alot of the planes were damaged including Derailer, the first two pics are of the damages plane and the last is a beautifully fixed plane. Catp Roberts would be one proud fighter pilot.
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12 responses to “A Bird of a Different Sort….. The P-51 Mustang!

  1. Off topic…

    Since you have a lot of posts, where is your “search engine widget” so I can search for some of your WWII related pictures?

  2. Maybe you missed this comment Ed…

    Off topic…

    Since you have a lot of posts, where is your “search engine widget” so I can search for some of your WWII related pictures?

  3. The right plane at the right time. Our local air museum had been destroyed in the early 80’s and they are still trying to catch up. Great pictures.

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