The P-51 Mustang

Of all the aircraft flown in WWII and later, the P-51 Mustang holds a special place in hearts of most pilots. In keeping with the week’s Veteran’s Day theme, here are a couple of shots of this magnificent plane in action.

Strangely enough, the P-51 Mustang originated from the specifications for a new British RAF fighter. It was designed and built in only four months and the first prototype flew on October 26th 1940. The first production version for the British, the Mustang I, flew in April of 1941. The P-51 continued it’s active service role into the Korean conflict and was used by many Air Force Reserve and National Guard units for years after that.

Man, what a beauty!

P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM at 300mm, f/8 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Mustang Diving

Mustang Diving
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM at 300mm, f/8 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.