September 6, 2008- P-51 Mustang air-to-air

The P-51 Mustang is one of the most recognized of American fighters from WWII. The P-51 carried the fight all the way into the heart of Germany and back to help protect the heavy bombers on missions deep into the Reich.

This is David Price's P-51D "Cotton Mouth". This airplane is quite well travelled. It was assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in the 1950s and the El Salvadoran Air Force in the late 1960s before ending up back in the US on the racing circuit.

I was taken aloft in a North American SNJ-5, flown by Terry Cedar, who kept the orbital pattern smooth as silk. This made getting great pictures of this classic airplane easy. The P-51 was flown by Steve Barber, wing leader of the CAF Southern California Wing. Steve's son is also a pilot and they have not had any pictures together of them flying, until now. Steve Jr. is in the back seat of the Mustang. The smile on his face back on the ground said it all.

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