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FLIGHT EXPERIENCES

HANDS-ON IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THE UNIQUE RANGE OF ‘ULTIMATE WARBIRD’ FLIGHTS NOW ON OFFER WITH AIR LEASING. DARREN HARBAR DISCOVERS HOW THE FIRM’S USAAF FIGHTERS PROVIDE TRULY MEMORABLE ENCOUNTERS

AIR LEASING

The P-47 flown by Jon Gowdy formates alongside ‘FlyPast’s’ camera aircraft and looks resplendent in newly applied 48th FG colours.
ALL DARREN HARBAR UNLESS STATED
This wartime image emerged late last year, and it revealed that a ‘B’ should have been applied after the name ‘Nellie’ on the fuselage of the P-47.
VIA AIR LEASING

The skies above Europe became much busier with American fighters as World War Two progressed, with the sight of a P-47 Thunderbolt or P-51 Mustang – from the 48th and 78th Fighter Groups (among others) respectively – being a regular occurrence. In more recent years, the liveries of these UK-based wartime units have adorned fewer aircraft at airshows here and on the continent. However, the colours of these two USAAF groups made a welcome resurgence last year.

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