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Mustang Sky

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A beautiful P-51D Mustang awaits it’s next flight.   This aircraft is often cited as the most important fighter of World War II.  Prior to it’s introduction, Allied bomber formations had to plow into Germany unescorted, their shorter range fighter friends left behind.  The Mustang’s range allowed it to follow the bombers all the way to the target and back.   It’s performance in combat equaled anything the Axis could put up, with the possible exception of the ME-262 jet fighter introduced near the end of the war.  The Mustang has a fascinating history and there is undoubtedly a huge amount of information out there for those inclined to research further.  I have read about this plane my entire life, but never able to examine one close up until I encountered this one at the Wichita Flight festival last weekend.

This a a three exposure HDR, processed in Photomatix Pro and finished off in Lightroom.   I have several others, both HDR and ‘normal’, I think this one is my favorite.   Thank you to the proud owners of this plane, a great deal of love and attention have been put into it’s restoration.

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3 responses

  1. Ken Bello

    This airshow was a photographic gold mine for you. The reflections of the clouds on the airplane body are really nice. Your HDR tone control is very good also. The P51 is a beautiful aircraft and you did it justice.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

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  3. Thanks, I may have overcooked the sky a little on this one, but I was really liking the look of the planes skin after the HDR tonemapping.

    August 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

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