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.