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If You Are A P-51 Mustang Fan...

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I SHOULD have been born earlier, because I KNOW that I should have been a P51D fighter pilot in WWII.... :(
You just like the tiger/shark mouths painted over the front intakes (I know I do!)... they’re my second favorite WWII fighter. ;)
Wrong aircraft, you're thinking of the Curtiss P-40
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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
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I know the P-51 well and that is spelled the end of Nazis. With drop fuel tanks the fighter planes did not have turn back when the B-17 flew bombing missions over Europe. With that said I like the P-47 Thunderbolt better. Eight .50 caliber machines guns, unguided rockets, and can carry bombs made it made formidable fighter/bomber. Also it had armor to protect the pilot and the cockpit was roomy compared to the P-51 cockpit too.

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My grandfather flew spitfires and mustangs during WWII with 234 Sqn RAF (He was RAAF pilot on posting into an RAF squadron they did a lot of that with Australians). He loved the spitfire but said the mustang was the best Aircraft he ever flew, he ended up flying missions 2 days after Dday and continued on through the rest of the european war. His last mission was a deep escort mission to the Eagles nest with 617 "Dambusters" squadron dropping 22,000lb 'grand slam' bombs, as he said it was a pity that Hitler wasn't home!
 
I know the P-51 well and that is spelled the end of Nazis. With drop fuel tanks the fighter planes did not have turn back when the B-17 flew bombing missions over Europe. With that said I like the P-47 Thunderbolt better. Eight .50 caliber machines guns, unguided rockets, and can carry bombs made it made formidable fighter/bomber. Also it had armor to protect the pilot and the cockpit was roomy compared to the P-51 cockpit too.

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Is that an electric or fuel powered motor you have running in the HALLWAY?! :eek::s0112:
 

Ura-Ki

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Naw, the Greatest of ALL american fighters of WWII was this bad boy!
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2 planes, one pilot! OR............Fork tailed devil
2nd Best Fighter:
Never actually used in combat, but was a few weeks from doing so, still, would have caused SERIOUS head aches against the Japs!
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3rd greatest!
This is a test, see if you can figure out what it is! Was equal to every thing it went up against for the first year and a half!
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Naw, the Greatest of ALL american fighters of WWII was this bad boy!
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2 planes, one pilot! OR............Fork tailed devil
2nd Best Fighter:
Never actually used in combat, but was a few weeks from doing so, still, would have caused SERIOUS head aches against the Japs!
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3rd greatest!
This is a test, see if you can figure out what it is! Was equal to every thing it went up against for the first year and a half!
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The Bearcat is one of my favorites. Underrated, but its's still no P51:p

No more beer for me. On my 3rd edit - that is the Mig-1.
 

Ura-Ki

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The Bearcat is one of my favorites. Underrated, but its's still no P51:p

Those are Yak-9s, BTW.
NOPE! Good guess, earlier, part plywood, powered buy one of the first fuel injected aero engines in history the Mighty Mikulin Am-35 supercharged! Top speed of 394 MPH in 1940! NOBODY could catch it in the early years!
 
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Gents, I always enjoyed reading about the sheer ruggedness of the P47- coming home with tree branches smashed into the wings, multiple cylinders shot out, etc

That was one of the advantages of its air-cooled radial engine; it could take a lot more abuse. You get one bullet in a coolant line in a ‘51 and you might as well just bail now, Jack.

Still, it would have been a privilege and an honor to have flown either one in the Big One, gents!
 

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