Cadillac of the Skies
The P-51 Mustang is one of the most famous fighters of World War Two and a frequent guest to many present day airshows.
Designed and built in 120 days, the prototype was first flown in 1940 and steadily evolved into the legendary D-model that became the most widely produced version.
This plane featured in many Hollywood movies, but I still remember the first time I saw the powerful scene at the end of the 1987 Spielberg movie 'Empire of the Sun'. A young Christian Bale excitedly cheering when a couple of Mustangs strafe his prison camp, signaling the end of the war for him.
“Cadillac of the skies!” he shouts, exchanging waves with the low-flying pilots.
If I ever win the lottery, I'll buy my own Mustang.