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Here are some photos of our ponies, including Frank, with a P-51 Mustang airplane taken at our show last weekend.

The P-51 is what our ponies are really named after not the horse. Those airplanes are responsible for winning WWII in the Pacific by protecting bombers.

http://hometown.aol.com/epperstang/P-51Ponies.html

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Nice pics, Joyce. You have quite the corral, don't you?
 

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WOW. Aircraft being the only things that interest me more than cars, those pics are a special treat...especially seeing the Mustangs paired up like that. Now if only we could get the P-51's HP rating in our Bullitt's....hmmmm....1450 HP Bullitt?? :grin:
 

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hey joyce, where ya been? good to hear from you!
nice pics too!! i had a model of a P51 i built when i was a kid. loved it then & i still think it's the coolest airplane there is!!
 

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Those are great pics!!

Coincidentally enough I had a P-51 fly about 100 feet over my head on the lake this weekend. I was out in the boat and I heard the unmistakeable sound a rolls rolls twelve cylinder engine approaching. The P-51 just dives towards the water and levels off at about 100 feet. He gave everyone on the lake a real treat.

I didn't know our cars were named after the plane. Does anyone know the whole story?


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One minor point of correction...



The P-51 Mustang was highly successful in the European theatre of WWII escorting bombers. This due in large part to it's range capability as it could fly round trip all the way to Berlin and back with drop tanks.



The workhorse fighter in the Pacific theatre was the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Again a fighter with extreme range and two engine redundancy to get back home over long water flights. Note that the top two aces of WWII both flew P-38s.



There were a number of factors that came into play in the success of each of these two airplanes in their respective areas. Fights in Europe were started at high altitude while in the Pacific they stayed much lower. Another consideration was the better fuel available in the Pacific.



Anyways enough history lesson for this evening. (-:
 

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I have the good fortune of seeing this P-51 frequently, as it's based out of the same field as the B-25 that I'm helping to restore. By far it's my favorite P-51...for more reasons than it's just good looking!



gotta love the sound of the Merlin!
 
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