Return of the Red Tail

As I mentioned in the Five at 8 post this morning, the red-tailed P-51 Mustang, which crashed in Red Wing, killing pilot Don Hinz years ago, returned to South St. Paul’s Fleming Field today after years of restoration by the Red Tail Project. It’s a traveling piece of history to educate people about the Tuskegee Airmen.

I didn’t make it out to the ceremony this afternoon, but I happened to be standing by the runway Wednesday evening when it went out for its evening constitution with its hangar mate.

  • http://erikhare.wordpress.com/ Erik Hare

    Nice video, but nothing can capture that rumble in your bones when one of the old warbirds flies past you.

  • Bob Collins

    There’s nothing like a radial engine, Erik.

    One of the things I like about going to Oshkosh is you’ll be sitting there in the early light having your coffee when a couple of P-51s break the stillness and come racing by.

    “The orthodontists are up,” my camping neighbor declared after one such pass last week.

    But to me it’s the sound of how a war was won.

  • Tyler

    THE most awe-inspiring sound I’ve heard was at the Indy 500. It wasn’t the cars; it was a flight of B-29’s going over before the race. Erik’s right – it’s a rumble (not a buzz) that reverberates in your bones.

  • bsimon

    The Oshkosh rumble is truly awesome when the sky is literally filled with radial powered planes. My favorite memory though is still the flyby of a full squadron of Mustangs; the roaring v-12s are a whole ‘nother animal from the rumbling radials.