Filmed by the brilliant Belgian aviation cameraman Chris Janssens at the Duxford RAF and USAAF Museum in the UK in 2009, this video shows the two most significant fighter aircraft of World War Two. (Yes the Hurricane was available in greater numbers for the Battle Of Britain; however, although a superb Jack Of All Trades, it was never in the same league as the Spit). Here you have a North American Mustang and a Supermarine Spitfire , both powered by the ubiquitous Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
As these two photogenic aircraft perform for both the camera and the crowd at Duxford, the P51 pilot does a superb job of flying wing to the pilot of the Spitfire. In most of the manoeuvres they perform, he is flying further and faster than the Spitfire, albeit with a more powerful engine in a more modern and faster aircraft. His throttle control and flying ability are beyond peer.
This is not only a visual feast. Enlarge the video to full-screen, turn up the volume (make sure Mother is out of the house first!?) and listen to the sound of the superchargers on these aircraft, a sound commonly known at the time as ‘The Sound of Freedom’.
[Chrisse2407, via Spitfire Association]