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Dive-Bombing Mustangs – The forgotten A-36

Warbird pilot extraordinaire Dan Friedkin, founder of the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, gets in close with his ultra rare A-36A Mustang dive bomber in 27th Fighter Bomber Group livery for the camera of David Leininger.
Charles Dills was quick to react to an unfavorable comparison of his second favorite airplane, the A-36, to the P-47. He flew both aircraft in combat and proved to his own satisfaction that the relatively unknown Apache (as it was rarely called) was superior in every respect to the larger, and much more famous Thunderbolt. His favorite airplane was the P-51D, an airplane that might very well never existed had it not been for an...


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Dive-Bombing Mustangs – The forgotten A-36

Article in April 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER: Flying in darkness, single-seat, non-radar-equipped Hawker Hurricanes flew with RAF Fighter Command night-fighter squadrons, their pilots attempting to intercept and destroy German bombers attacking targets in England in in 1941. RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane Mk IIC PZ865, flown here by Group Captain Matt Peterson MBE. (Photo by John Dibbs/ theplanepicture with effects by Betty Nero)

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