This past Thursday marked the 64th anniversary of the tragic accident which claimed the life of legendary WWII fighter ace, Don Gentile. WarbirdsNews contributor, David Cohen, has investigated the causes behind Gentile’s crash, which also took the life of his passenger, Sgt.Gregory Kirsch. He has visited the accident site on a couple of occasions in the past two years, and we[Read More…]
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Back in mid-March, WarbirdsNews published a story about the last official USAF P-51 Mustang flight which took place on April 15th, 1955 with pilot Robert F. ‘Earthquake’ Titus at the controls (click HERE for the story). A California man, Leon DeLisle, wished to commemorate this significant occasion by recreating that final Mustang mission with ‘Earthquake’ Titus again in the cockpit of another P-51,[Read More…]
On April 15th, 1955, Captain Robert F. ‘Earthquake’ Titus, fresh out of Test Pilot School, strapped himself into a North American F-51D Mustang at Naval Air Station El Centro. Titus was working with the Joint Parachute Test Group, and was about to take off on the very last official US Air Force Mustang sortie. Now, exactly sixty years later, Titus[Read More…]
WarbirdsNews has been following the restoration of the New England Air Museum’s uniquely modified P-51D air racer, which Anson Johnson flew during the Cleveland Air Races in the late 1940s. He actually won the 1948 Thompson Trophy race in this aircraft. NEAM is preserving the Mustang as close to her final configuration for the 1949 race as possible. One of the aspects of[Read More…]
Lesina, a little town on the shores of Lake Lesina in south eastern Italy, played host to the P-51 Mustangs of the 325th Fighter Group, USAAF during the latter stages of WWII. Known as the “Checkertail Clan,” the men and machines of the 325th FG made a great impression on the local population, whom greeted them as liberators when they[Read More…]