Crikey, this rocked! Air-to-air with a Mustang IV

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  1. evangilder

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    So I was out at the CAF museum shooting an event commemorating the Battle of Midway. I have some shots that I will be posting soon. After the event, a certain airplane had shown up earlier in the day and I happened to ask the right folks about some air-to-air work.

    A HUGE thanks goes out to David Price for bringing "Cottonmouth" over to Camarillo for a couple of weeks. Another huge thanks to Steve Barber (pilot), Terry Cedar (photo ship pilot with a very steady hand) and all of the ground crew at the CAF SoCal Wing. This was something that I have been trying to capture air-to-air for a long time! 8)
     

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    I love your shots but think SoCal needs more green , good work as usual with a nice subject
     
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    fantastic shots Eric! Top work once again....:D
     
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    Very cool - I remember when she lived at Mojave.
     
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    Great shots as always Eric!!!
     
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    Awesome stuff Eric, what a treat man.... Any more shots??
     
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    Thanks guys. We went up and did an orbital pattern for about three or four rotations, so a lot of all the shots looks the same, just slightly different angles.

    I'm still going through the other shots from yesterday. I do have some shots of a Zero, Hellcat and SBD in formation for the Midway commemoration. That is a rare formation!

    If things work out for me in October, I will have some more air-to-air work that will be pretty unique and cool.
     
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    Fantastic shots Eric!

    Thats meant to be a RAAF machine yeah? I know the southern cross is on the rudder but I haven't seen a desert camo on a Muzzie before.
     
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    I'm not sure the paint scheme is completely authentic, but I guess if you can afford one, you can paint it any way you like. It has been through a few changes over the years. If sure is pretty in it's current state though.
     
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    Great pics eric, man i wish i could get aride in one of those
     
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    I've never actually ridden in a Mustang either, but I got the next best thing yesterday. I was in an SNJ-5 next to it. That's not an easy formation. We were at 140-150 kts in the SNJ pushing the power as much as we could. Fortunately, you can't see the P-51 was running 10% flaps to keep level with us. When we finished the photo flight, the Mustang accelerated away and left us in his dust.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    The envy level has risen again!!! Great pics!
     
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    Thanks for sharing...

    nice shots!
     
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    It's not quite the rain forest Canada is but you may be surprised how much in your supermarkets are grown in Cali!

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    Superb photography Eric!
    I know what you mean about the difficulty of air to air with faster ships. I did it years ago, using a Chipmunk as the camera ship, trying to stay with the BBMF Spitfire19 and MkV. I had a very stiff neck when we landed! I did notice the flaps angle in one shot of the Mustang, but what the hell, who cares? Looking forward to the next shots.
     
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    You lucky b*stard! Great shots!
     
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    Eric were you able to hear the stang as it went by you or was the plane you were in too loud?
     
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