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Stunning 360 Degree Flight Footage From a P-51 Cockpit

Climb onboard this United States Air Force Heritage Flight with a P-51 and F-35


This footage, published on August 28th of 2016, presents a flight with a 360-degree view from the cockpit of a P-51D Mustang. The video segment was captured by Lyle Jansma of Aerocapture Images, at the 2016 Utah Air Show. The Utah Air Show took place at Hill Air Force base. The footage was filmed for the Heritage Flight Museum in crystal clear HD. It’s the next best thing to being there.

Sail above the sprawling green landscape, as Greg Anders pilots a P-51D Mustang called VALHALLA. Off to the right, see Major Will Andreottas at the helm of Air Combat Command’s F-35 Lightning II. You’ll see them fly in close formation.  It is interesting to note the raised nose (high AOA) of the F-35 as it is flying at a relatively slow speed to stay with the P-51 Mustang.

About the P-51 Mustang

The P-51 Mustang is a single seat fighter plane, manufactured by North American Aviation. It was introduced to the Royal Air Force in January of 1942. Eventually, more than 15,000 P-51D Mustang aircraft were manufactured. The P-51D Mustang was retired from military service in 1984. Primary users of the P-51 included the United States Army Air Force, the Royal Air Force, and the Chinese Nationalist Air Force. After the Korean War, many P-51D Mustangs were converted for civilian use.

About the F-35 Lightning II

The F-35 Lightning is a single seat, single engine, all weather stealth aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It is designed for ground attack and air defense missions. This ‘new’ aircraft has been in development since the late 1990s.  It was declared operationally ready by the Air Force in 2016. 171 units have so far been produced, at a per unit cost of at least 100 million USD.  The estimated budget for the F-35 would make it the largest weapons system procurement project ever.

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