This rare Red Tail P-51C Mustang is one of only four like it still flying.
The Americans who would become known as the Tuskegee Airmen wanted to fight for freedom as pilots during World War II. What made them different from the thousands of others with the same patriotic zeal was that they were black at a time when the U.S. military had no black pilots or air support crews. In the 1940s, the ignorance of segregation and prejudice was a sad part of American culture. This meant the U.S. military wouldn’t give black men a chance to train as pilots, but as the country geared up for war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was pressured to change that. He ordered the Army Air Corps to set up a pilot training program in Tuskegee, Alabama. The program was not expected to be successful, but the young black soldiers who worked so hard to become America’s first black military pilots proved everyone wrong. (From Official Web Site)
Taken from the ground during the Los Angeles County Air Show at William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, California..
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jemaflor (82988) 2014-03-28 0:29
Well framed, perfect pov and light management, nice colors with red and yellow tones with this blue sky in the BG.
macjake (54930) 2014-03-29 9:36
so here it is, i've been waiting for this one! haha
beautiful plane isn't it, the best of the best.
how could anyone not fall in love with this one.
I always say if I could live my life over again i'd want to be a trained fighter pilot - maybe in my next life.
thanks so much for this one, really enjoy it.
Sad but true story in your note as well, hard to believe the country lived in a society like that. Its still not perfect, but its vastly improved.
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-03-29 21:36
Another impressive shot of the Red tail Mustang. Excellent image quality with good colors and sharpness.Very well done. TFS.
serp2000 (39250) 2014-03-31 20:16
Excellent presentation of the P-51C. I remember I could not find his photo. Very nice picturesque machine.
I hope to visit the Riverside Air Show thanks to your recommendation.
Greetings from Eagle Rock, LA.
- Copyright: Eleu Tabares (eldancer1) (26764)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Event, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-27 19:45