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Old May 5, 2014, 9:14 AM   #1
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Default P-51 from the 332nd Fighter Group (Tuskegee Airmen)

Finally got around to uploading these photos. The light wasn't the best but the E-3 and 14-54mm did the job. All jpeg shots with minor touch up.
P1017104 by James Gasta, on Flickr

Underbelly clean as a whistle.
P1017103 by James Gasta, on Flickr

Cockpit like original with the exception of the GPS.
P1017101 by James Gasta, on Flickr

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I had the honor of having my picture taken with one of the original pilots, age 93. His name is Alex Jefferson.
P1017092 by James Gasta, on Flickr

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Pre-flight clean up.
P1017096 by James Gasta, on Flickr

The pilot.
P1017093 by James Gasta, on Flickr

Heading home.
P1017107 by James Gasta, on Flickr

Wanted to get some shots of the take off but as luck would have it, Steve wasn't around with his 50-200mm bird lens.
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Wow James: those are excellent! The angles and compositions make for very memorable photographs. Well done!
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Old May 5, 2014, 9:47 AM   #3
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Wow James: those are excellent! The angles and compositions make for very memorable photographs. Well done!
Thanks Steve, a nice sunny day would have been much better! Drizzled on and off all day.
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Good stuff James. I love air shows but this one was special in having Alex Jefferson there.
You have some interesting shots from different angles.

I remember reading about these guys, many, many years ago and I was really surprised that I, or anyone else I knew, had heard about them, the Red Tails. I was working as a mechanic then and most of the guys I worked with were ex-military.

Then came the TV shows and finally the movie then the presidential awards. Not before time.
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I had a short conversation with Alex and he states the movie, Red Tails, is not entirely true. He said we didn't drink whiskey and party, we had to be fresh and alert because who knew what the next day would bring. Haha, nothing worse than trying to get a Me109 off your tail with a hangover. I did get a memorable souvenir from the event. A signed cap by Alex.

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I also made an error in the title stating 322nd FG and it should have read 332nd Fighter Group. Unfortunately I do not know how to edit the title.
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You had me fooled...
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hey James

Thanks for posting those.. very nice .. that plane looks a beaut and it must have been a real privilege to have met Alex.

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James, great shots of great history.

Thanks for sharing, much appreciated, good stuff there. Alex looks like he could fly today as well as he did those years back, what a steady hand.... see the autograph.

The motto is one of the greats too.

Glad you got out for the show and give us more of your work.

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I really appreciate you posting these. The close-ups are astonishing - that plane looks like it just rolled out of the factory.
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