Across The Water

One of the highlights at this year’s Flying Legends airshow was North American P-51B Mustang ‘Berlin Express’, which was flown across the Atlantic from Texas. Chris Gilson meets its pilot Lee Lauderback.

North American P-51 B Mustang Berlin Express.
IWM-JAMES RAEDER
A triumphant Lee Lauderback at Duxford.

Among the most recognisable warbirds flying today is North American P-51B 43-24837 Berlin Express. The veteran fighter, one of the few early marks of Mustang still flying and unusually fitted with a Malcolm canopy, has long proved to be a favourite with airshow crowds and, this year, was booked to perform at the famous Flying Legends weekend at Duxford. The question then became how to get it across the Atlantic in time?

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