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P-51 Mustang: From the RAF to the Mighty Eighth (Osprey Colour Classics 1) Paperback – September 15, 1997

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The Osprey Colour Classics series was born out of an overwhelming demand for top-class aviation photography. These superbly illustrated books will appeal to aviation enthusiasts everywhere.
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Product Details

  • Series: Colour Classics (Aviation)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855327147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855327146
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,576,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. P. Broer on August 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
Arguably one of the best P-51 Mustang photobooks around at this moment, this 128-page book is crammed with good to very good colour photograps of surviving P-51 Mustangs. You will find most variants depicted here, such as an P-51A, an A-36, a P-51B (The look-a-like of the famous 'Shangri La' of Don Gentile), P-51Ds, a P-51H to the Cavalier Mk2s. Even the Piper Enforcer gets its share.
The only things missing for me, comparing this book to 'Spitfire, Flying Legend' or 'Hurricane, a Fighter Legend' from the same publisher, were some more background information and WW2 colour photographs of the Mustang and photographs of Mustangs operating in the Korean War.
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Format: Paperback
If you love classic warbirds and air shows, you'll really enjoy this book. There are many fantastic pictures of restored, flying P-51 Mustangs taken over the years from various shows and collectors. This is the next best thing to being there, unless you're a professional photographer, these are much better shots than most of us could ever hope to take.

There are a few P-51B's, C's, most are D models in various paint/camouflage schemes. There's even a P-48 (the Enforcer) which I'd never seen before. The captions are about the individual planes & owners, not a history of the Mustang, not a good book for a modeler, unless you just wanted exterior shots - no cockpits or wheel wells here.

Not a `must have' but a nice to have, I enjoy seeing such sharp images of this classic plane. I was able to pick this up for a few dollars, not bad for the price.
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