P-51C ‘Princess Elizabeth’ Mustang at Duxford Flying Legends 2013

During my most recent trip to Duxford the highlight for me was this this P-51C Mustang ‘Princess Elizabeth’. I have always liked the earlier marks of Mustang since I was a kid. I think it was at least partly due to the natural popularity of the ‘D’, seemed to easy to like.

Got a couple of pleasing shots in flight and taking off (I had many others but just popped a couple on here), both were taken with the Olympus OM-D EM5 with Panasonic 100-300mm F4.0-5.6. The autofocus with that combo is decent but I have found not zooming fully out to 300mm does improve the focusing somewhat as at 300mm it does become a bit sluggish and spends a lot of time ‘hunting’.

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‘Princess Elizabeth’ is a razorback ‘C’ variant of the P-51 Mustang, and is painted to represent the mount of triple ace William T. Whisner (pictured), who flew with the 352nd Fighter Group, the ‘Blue Nosed B*stards’, at RAF Bodney, Norfolk, during World War Two.  Whisner was credited with 15 and a half kills by the end of the war, having downed no less than five FW-190s during one sortie alone.  He would go on to serve in the Korean War, where he became one of only seven pilots to become an ace in both World War Two and the Korean War.

P-51B Landing at Duxford

If you have any thoughts on these, please leave comments below. C&C always welcome.

Cheers

Tom

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