by Steve on January 9, 2010

Go fix a cup of coffee and clear your schedule for 28 minutes.  If this film doesn’t have you choked up by the end then I question whether you have a soul. (Play Gray Eagles then click on the lower right corner to enjoy full screen mode.)

Many thanks to the men who flew and maintained these great birds back in the day and a special dose of gratitude to the people who keep them flying over 60 years later.

H/T to Lex for finding this piece and sharing. It truly made my day – I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Purchase a DVD from the Gray Eagles Foundation here.  It’s tax deductible and the Foundation sends a matching copy to an educational institution.

Note: The North American P-51 Mustang was designed, built, and flown in just 117 days.  Unit production cost in 1945 was $50,985.  Top speed of the D variant was 437 mph.  Simply amazing.


SoCal Pir8 January 10, 2010 at 7:18

Truely loved the film. Saw it at Lex’s site first. While I love the lore of the P-51, being a “Naviator” (P3C NFO) type I also love the F-4U-4 Corsair. Baa, Baa Black Sheep and all those good Pappy B stories. I remember a link I got from Lex’s site as well that argues the F4U-4 was every bit as good if not better than the Mustang.

Here’s the link


Steve January 10, 2010 at 18:41

Have to agree, from one Naviator to another (S-3 here) – I’d take either the P-51 or F-4U given the opportunity. Heck, I’d take a Viking for the utility of it but it wouldn’t be nearly as fun as one of the older birds.

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