Commander In Chief
I have always been an aviation buff, and was a private pilot just
for fun, a long time ago. Ed Kemmer was a pilot too, but a very different kind-
he flew P-51 Mustangs in WWII. We talked about flying on several occasions. Here's
an excerpt from a letter he sent me in 1998:
Chuck- Hey....If you can fly a Piper or a Cessna, you can fly a P-51! A little
cockpit orientation....a little info on flaps, prop and mixture settings, and
off you'd go! It was a dream to fly...not one bad characteristic. In fact, the
German fighters would snaproll in a high speed tight turn (high speed stall)...The
P-51 would shake, but stay right there....Very, very stable.
So, if you
got behind an ME109 or an FW190, they could only do shallow turns, so they were
sitting ducks. They couldn't lose you."
I was really thrilled to
have this inside information from a man who actually flew that great war plane!
Thank you, Ed- Clear skies and soft landings!