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P-51 Gun Fighter,
A heart felt thank you
for my fabulous P-51 ride on Sunday morning, September 30, 2018, at the Great Bend Air Fest 2018. I remember it was a windy and dreary day. The opportunity to fly hung in the balance with a low cloud covered ceiling. But providence prevailed in our favor.
The pilot - I believe “Rifle” is his moniker – shared with me his appreciation for the prowess of the Mustang. And I truly felt safe, something I did not anticipate, because I felt one with the aircraft. Now I KNOW why my dad loved to fly.
Rifle painted rainbows for me on the surface of small cumulus clouds, banking the Mustang at the correct angle with the sun shine expertly placed in reference to the aircraft’s speed and direction. We then saw a shadowy silhouette of the P-51 in rainbow’s center! I think I laughed out loud every time Rifle did this. So, we danced around clouds making rainbows and watching our shadow throughout our flight.
What a blessing! I’ll never forget it.
re-posted May 11, 2019