- Mar 8, 2014
I believe that this aircraft was NOT dual control - it was used to fly VIPs and parts, etc from here to there (short trips, of course, none over any combat areas (note the lack of .50 Cal BMGs in the wings) and if I've read correctly, to take groundcrewmen up on short flights as a "reward" for a "job well done" in a particular situation!Just realized there is another image of that trainer Mustang in the Collection.
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Looks like an 'old hand' in the front seat and a 'new hand' behind him. Should it have been the other way around ie. trainee up front? That would be typical if it was a new pilot being checked out.
I know the great-nephew of the crew-chief who was the main "worker" on getting "The Stars Look Down" ready for General Eisenhower (a private pilot, BTW) and General Quesada (the pilot) when they flew over Saint-Lo in July, '44 to "check out the area" that the Allies would be advancing to soon. The name was, of course, fitting because of the accumulation of stars on the generals' shoulders.Eisenhower was flown around in a 2 seater on d-day. And was called the stars look down see North American P-51 Mustang