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North American P-51 Mustang "Miss Velma" at Duxford Flying Legends Air Show

By brian17302  
"Miss Velma" & Ferocious Frankie" are the 2 resident P-51 Mustang aircraft at Duxford

When North American aviation first produced these aircraft they installed the same American Alison engine of the P-40 aircraft
This proved to be less than satisfactory at higher altitudes & was then replaced with the Rolls Royce Merlin engine
of the Supermarine Spitfire
The result was a formidable high performance fighter

The wing was a lamina flow design than was very efficient when flying, & therefore had a long range for the fuel load.
These aircraft were also employed as fighter escorts (when they were installed with additional drop fuel tanks) for the B-17 Flying Fortress bombers flying on missions to Germany & back
This was the only escort fighter at that time to give to give bomber protection for the complete mission

Big Thank you to M_squared & Brian65 for their "User Awards" on my previous upload "Black Crowned Night Heron"
& also everyone else for C & Cs much appreciated

Tags: Photo journalism General Air shows Transport Aviation Sports and action

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ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2013 4:30PM
Very nice movement on the prob..
It like a drawing with lots of detail..
Great work..


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Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2013 4:30PM
Superb capture - great detail and clarity. You must have been flying alongside to get such a great shot!
24 Jun 2013 4:56PM

Quote:Superb capture - great detail and clarity. You must have been flying alongside to get such a great shot!

Sadly I was not flying along side to take this photo, but I may have been standing on tiptoes GrinGrinGrin
Cheers Brian
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
24 Jun 2013 5:08PM
Nice image Brian!! One step and your in the cockpit!!
johnke Plus
5 223 15
24 Jun 2013 5:16PM
Awesome Brian...John
24 Jun 2013 6:38PM
This is really excellent !! A superb capture Smile
24 Jun 2013 6:50PM
Great shot Brian.
ColleenA Plus
5 350 5 Australia
24 Jun 2013 6:59PM
What a cracker of a shot...well captured
JuBarney Plus
6 26 3 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2013 7:09PM
A super shot; it certainly looks as though you were up there too.
24 Jun 2013 8:53PM
Superb, Brian.
See one of these flying most weekends.
24 Jun 2013 9:21PM
Very well captured, excellent photography.
User_Removed 7 48 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 7:25AM
A super image, i love air shows.
Regards, Alf.
Great clarity and detail. Excellent capture.
A great photo of this very beautiful fighter. Smile Yes, without a doubt, it was the best fighter of World War II at high altitudes. I recently read the memoirs of Helmut Lipfert where he claimed this fact. But at medium altitudes, he considered that Spitfire and Yak-3 were more stronger rivals.
Regards Valery

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