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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2023 7:42 p.m. PST

… Almost Rejected the One of the Best Fighters of WW2

"THE NORTH AMERICAN P-51 Mustang wasn't just another high-performance fighter it was arguably the best Allied fighter aircraft of the Second World War and the weapon that essentially defeated Hitler.

A deadly javelin of unprecedented speed and agility, its powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine gave it a top speed of well over 400 mph and a prodigious endurance with a range of more than 2,000 miles. The Mustang was a falcon in Duralumin alloy.

Yet for all its world-beating qualities, this silver bullet of a plane would initially be shunted aside by the U.S. Army Air Forces, which stymied its adoption as thousands of young airmen went to their deaths in battle over Europe…"


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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2023 7:57 a.m. PST

Not surprised at the anti-British attitudes and corruption. Wonder how many men were lost as a result.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2023 2:30 p.m. PST



Joe Legan21 Jul 2023 9:25 a.m. PST

Interesting. Some things, it appears, never change.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2023 2:49 p.m. PST



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