Skip to main content

View Diary: P-51 Mustang - the ultimate thoroughbred (193 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Cadillac of the skies! (5+ / 0-)

    For you young whipper-snappers, that's Batman as a kid, and even he recognized it was the coolest machine ever made.

    The P-51 is a legend, a monster, an absolute work of art.

    It's the plane that saved (if just for a tragic minute or two) America's greatest (fictional) citizen-soldier:

    (I think Spielberg is as much a P-51 geek as I am).

    It's one of only two planes that Chuck Yaeger ever had to bail out of (and you know when Chuck Yaeger bails out of you you're either a Lemon or a Badass. (the P-51 was definitely the latter). Though to be fair to Yaeger and, incidentally, paraphrase the only truly intelligent thingGeorge Pickett ever said, "I've always thought the Germans had something to do with it."

    When I was a kid I used to go to Goshen Scout Camps (Note to BSA, Please drop the anti-gay crap altogether. I'd really like for my son to have the same magical experiences I did, but you're making it kind of difficult). They used to run practice bombing runs on the dam that made Lake Merriwether. They ran F-15s and A-10s down over that thing. Those were two of the most beautiful aircraft I've ever seen (in the latter case only if we accept the old adage that "the ugly can be beautiful, the merely pretty, never").

    Still, seeing those things in full on warrior mode was nothing compared to last year when I saw the (Thank God!) renamed "Commemorative Air Force" flying up above.

    The B-29 was a high all right, (but one that, I hope you understand might be just a little bit difficult to truly celebrate before my Japanese wife and half-Japanese child. (But then again, they've both already seen that in the Hazy-Udvar annex), but when I saw the P-51 fly almost directly over my house--not even doing anything fancy, you understand, just plain flying--well, that was just special in a way that's hard to articulate.

    Steve Jobs's greatest insight was to realize that there is no barrier between art and engineering, that truly great engineering, is in fact art. Kelly Johnson knew that, and his SR-71 will never be surpassed. So did the boys at North American Aviation when they made the MUSTANG, Cadillac of the skies!!!

    What a truly awesome, truly beautiful machine.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 04:39:37 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site