P-51 C

black mambablack mamba Major grinsJacksonville, FLPosts: 6,132Registered Users Major grins

I shoot this bird every time I get near it. Restored by the Collins Foundation, it's probably the finest " C " model flying.

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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

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  • OrvSalOrvSal Major grins Posts: 303Registered Users Major grins

    Beautiful restoration and your shots. Now all you need is to have a ride in it.

    Have a great day!
    Orv

    Carlsbad, Ca. USA
    www.Osalisburyphoto.smugmug.com
  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,441Registered Users Major grins

    Would be nice to be the passenger in that one.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,132Registered Users Major grins

    @OrvSal said:
    Beautiful restoration and your shots. Now all you need is to have a ride in it.

    @GSPeP said:
    Would be nice to be the passenger in that one.

    Thanks for looking in, guys. I have a friend here in Jacksonville that owns a stunning P-51 D....the " Sizzlin Liz ". I've been fortunate to experience flight in his plane with him. In years past, I flew a lot myself. But I never had any plane that even approached the visceral impact one gets from a P-51 flight. Even the run-up on the strip prior to takeoff is remarkable. The plane shudders and strains at the bit...waiting for the brakes to be released. The sounds of that Merlin engine, as you restrain the beast, reach an unholy level....painful, in fact, if you're not wearing proper ear protection. Once you're airborne, you're in for the ride of your life.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Posts: 1,265Registered Users Major grins

    She's a beauty, Tom! I've seen her up close a number of times, and she looks and sounds spectacular!

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,132Registered Users Major grins

    @moose135 said:
    She's a beauty, Tom! I've seen her up close a number of times, and she looks and sounds spectacular!

    I've seen one other " C " model that rivals this Collins plane. That's the one that Kermit Weeks and his crew turned out down at the Fantasy of Flight operation of his near Orlando. For anyone that's into aviation, the Fantasy of Flight museum / restoration center is a MUST go to thing. They also have a terrific gift shop that's big on aviation books....many of which are sometimes offered with the author's signature. I've got to hand it to Mr. Weeks. He did this place up real properly.

    I hope, John, that this years colors will be great. If it looks like they are, I'm going to try and get up there.

    See you,

    Tom

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,939Registered Users Major grins

    Very cool bird Tom!!

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,132Registered Users Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Very cool bird Tom!!

    It really is exceptional, Taz. I recently visited the museum for the Mighty Eighth Air Force, located in Savannah, GA. The Mighty Eighth was instrumental in bombing Germany into submission during WW II. It's a great place that every aviation enthusiast owes it to himself to go see.

    See you, guy.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
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