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'Our Little Friends'

By SteveMoulding    
Known as 'Our Little Friends' by the B17 Flying Fortress bomber crews, the P51D Mustang played a vital role as bomber escorts, to and from the targets, helping ensure Allied air superiority from early 1944. The P-51D started arriving in Europe in 1944 and quickly became the primary USAAF fighter in the theater.
These two beautifully preserved aircraft were in fine form displaying at Shoreham despite the weather. The most recognised sound of the awesome Merlin engine combined with the characterful whistle of the air rushing over the gunports in a dive make it unique and a welcome sight and sound.
I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed watching them.
Many thanks for all the votes and comments on my prevoius airshow uploads.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the good weather.

They are worth viewing LARGE if you have time.

Tags: Photo journalism Transport Mustang Fighter American Shoreham Airshow P51d Ww11

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
4 Sep 2010 10:47AM
Two excellent captures, Steve, super detail. Carol

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gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
4 Sep 2010 10:48AM
We owe so much to these and others Steve, two nice clear shots. - gary
4 Sep 2010 11:04AM
Two great shots Steve

4 Sep 2010 11:25AM
Super captures, Steve, lesser known but just as important,
franken Plus
15 4.4k 4 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2010 11:25AM
Excellent pair.

TerryMcK 9 71 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2010 11:28AM
Two fine aircraft shots, Steve. Good detail throughout.
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
4 Sep 2010 11:52AM
A pair of great in-flight captures Steve - it isn't easy but is such a challenge.
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
4 Sep 2010 12:34PM
Both very well captured images. Enjoyed your info too.

fentiger 16 916 24 England
4 Sep 2010 12:46PM
Good detail captured here and good movement/blur in the propellers.

NeilWigan 7 16 16 England
4 Sep 2010 2:42PM
Two great shots .
4 Sep 2010 4:03PM
Good capture here.
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2010 6:14PM
2 great shots Steve.
4 Sep 2010 6:37PM
Wonderful pictures, great subjects!
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
4 Sep 2010 7:51PM
Two stunning shots Steve. I particularly like V1. A great angle of shot and I greatly admire the paint job.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2010 8:08PM
Two superb shots, great timing and beautifully captured.

lawbert 10 1.8k 15 England
4 Sep 2010 9:14PM
A lovely write up this Fantastic Mustang and the perfectly taken pictures just makes it for me.
Great Work Steve photographically and historicaly.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2010 11:26PM
two crackers steve brilliant detail and colours like the both nice ones Wink
goso 11 2 1 Australia
5 Sep 2010 1:44AM
Two rippers Steve - great work...Bill
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
5 Sep 2010 2:26AM
Superb detail.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
5 Sep 2010 4:18AM
Great plane captures Steve. Both excellent detail.........Sandy
Ray42 9 3 England
5 Sep 2010 8:58AM
Two good uns Steve
Techno Plus
9 2.3k 8 England
5 Sep 2010 11:10AM
Excellent twosome Steve, well captured and interesting narrative, presume these must be privately owned?
Roly 10 Wales
5 Sep 2010 2:24PM
Two fine shots Steve,interesting write up too.
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
5 Sep 2010 3:52PM
5 Sep 2010 7:05PM
Two superbly detailed images Steve,excellent work and love the presentation.
6 Sep 2010 1:03PM
Two really well catured shots, Steve, and a fascinating write-up.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 3:23PM
Steve, perfectly captured shots, details amazing
6 Sep 2010 5:04PM
Excellent pair.
6 Sep 2010 5:52PM
Fine captures - in pretty poor conditions, maybe a wee bit lower shutter speed to blur the props?
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
6 Sep 2010 7:33PM
v1 for me.lesley
mrjt 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 7:35PM
GREAT SHOT S and collectors images....Jack
Jekaro 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 8:34PM
Two superb shots, Steve, so very well captured and presented, V1 for me.
6 Sep 2010 11:27PM
2 really well detailed shots Steve,
7 Sep 2010 6:23PM
Two really superb shots, well captured.

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