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The new generation of warbird pilots, restorers & mechanics

Ben Wilson points the nose of “The Brat III,” the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s renowned P-51D at the camera. Wilson checked out in the Mustang, one of the only surviving P-51s with a combat history, in 2020. (Photo by Greg Morehead)
Science-fiction writer and aeronautical engineer Robert Heinlein famously said, “A generation which ignores history has no past—and no future.” Warbird aircraft have been a part of American life since airplanes were adapted for warfare during World War I. Almost immediately afterward, the newly-surplus “war birds” that a few years before had served as fighters, bombers and trainers were turned to other uses, from aerobatic barnstorming and air racing to crop-dusting. Following World War II, they...


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The new generation of warbird pilots, restorers & mechanics

Article in October 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER: You can almost hear the roar from The Fighter Collection’s ultra-rare, Merlin-powered P-40F as it comes in close to the camera ship. This aircraft was found on the South Pacifi c island of Espiritu Santo after it had been lost for nearly 40 years. (Photo by John Dibbs/

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