|Spitfire Mk Vb #AB910, built in 1941, she is painted in the colors of the Polish 303 Squadron;|
the Donald Duck symbol is the personal logo of Squadron Leader Jan Zumbach.
Photo by Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone) - Own Work. (Source)
"What about the P-51 Mustang?" they would ask. How could I possibly favor the British Spitfire over the P-51 Mustang? Well, that's a tough question.
Both are beautiful aircraft, deadly in the hands of a skilled pilot as many foes discovered during the years when World War Two raged. Both are solid designs, the P-51 perhaps a bit better as regards armament and certainly far superior in range.
No Spitfire would fly to Berlin and back. Many a Mustang did.
I do recall that the P-51 started out as a bit of a dog. (Hush now. It's true, read your history.) We gave (sold?) them to the Brits and it was they, our cousins across the pond, who had the inspiration to mount in that lovely airframe the engine they used for their own top of the line fighter.
The Rolls Royce Merlin.
Photo by JAW at English Wikipedia - Own work. CC
So while I do have a deep and abiding affection for the magnificent P-51 Mustang (and all it's lovely variants), my first love is that elliptical-winged beauty designed by Mr. Mitchell.
Recently a comrade-in-arms of mine posted a video of an event which took place at Duxford back in 2010. A flyby of Spitfires in squadron strength.
Sixteen Spitfires, in formation, a sight seldom seen since the late summer and early fall of 1940. When a relative handful of brave young men in their Spitfires and Hurricanes stood tall against the might of the Deutsches Luftwaffe.
I love the sound of that Merlin engine, regardless of which aircraft it's mounted in!