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USAF Almost Brought Back The P51

tomahawk6

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Interesting story on National Interest about how the vaunted P51 fighter was almost brought back for COIN work.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/secret-no-more-air-force-almost-brought-back-p-51-mustang-72706
 

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tomahawk6 said:
Interesting story on National Interest about how the vaunted P51 fighter was almost brought back for COIN work.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/secret-no-more-air-force-almost-brought-back-p-51-mustang-72706

Random WWII quote from the interwebs:  “If you want to get the girl fly a P-51, if you want to go home to your girl strap on a P-47.”
 

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P51 suffered from hits to it's radiator in the CAS role. It really was meant as a long range high altitude fighter. Part of the problem for the USAF was they quickly rationalised their fighter force after the war and mainly stuck with the P51 as they were not interested in CAS, but in the fighter role. so that is what they mainly had in reserve. 
 

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A German pilots opinion of the P51 and 57. Of course his own 109 was compared to both fighters.

https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/91340-what-a-german-ace-though-about-the-p47-and-p51/
 

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No mention of the A-1 Skyraider that entered service in around 1950 and served with the US military, RAF, French Air Force, South Vietnamese Air Force, among others. It was used by the USN/USMC in the Korean War and both the USAF and USN during the Vietnam war. Last A-1 was retired in 1985 (Gabon Air Force).
 

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Retired AF Guy said:
No mention of the A-1 Skyraider that entered service in around 1950 and served with the US military, RAF, French Air Force, South Vietnamese Air Force, among others. It was used by the USN/USMC in the Korean War and both the USAF and USN during the Vietnam war. Last A-1 was retired in 1985 (Gabon Air Force).

The 'Spad'  :nod:
 
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