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Marvelous Mustangs – Pilots of the 78th FG Trade in their P-47s for P-51s—And Love Them!

Resplendent in 78th Fighter Group colors, the Fagen Fighters WW II Museum’s P-51D hugs the camera ship with Brian Smith behind the stick. (Photo by John Dibbs/Facebook.com/theplanepicture)
In early December of 1944, most of the pilots in the 78th Fighter Group, especially those with over 25 combat missions under their belts, felt “fat and sassy” flying the reliable and hard-hitting P-47 Thunderbolt. Seasoned pilots realized early on that the “Jug” was like a flying tank: one that could deliver deadly punishment to the enemy and absorb most anything thrown at it. Whether flying a bomber escort, dive-bombing a bridge or strafing an...

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Marvelous Mustangs – Pilots of the 78th FG Trade in their P-47s for P-51s—And Love Them!

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ON THE COVER: The Fighter Collections' chief pilot Pete Kynsey brings in their rare, Goodyear built FG-1D Corsair super close to the magic camera lens of John Dibbs to get this outstanding shot. This warbird is painted in Royal Navy livery.


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