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USAF Almost Brought Back The P51
« on: August 10, 2019, 15:10:18 »
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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Re: USAF Almost Brought Back The P51
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2019, 15:26:19 »
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:  ā€œIf you want to get the girl fly a P-51, if you want to go home to your girl strap on a P-47.ā€
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Re: USAF Almost Brought Back The P51
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2019, 15:38:10 »
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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Re: USAF Almost Brought Back The P51
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2019, 15:43:15 »
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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Re: USAF Almost Brought Back The P51
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2019, 17:12:47 »
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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Re: USAF Almost Brought Back The P51
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2019, 17:22:52 »
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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