Spitfire and Mustang at the General Aviation Day Paine Field WA
Spitfire LF Mk IX: SL633, which refers to the original RAF registration number, featured the elliptical design and power-to-weight ratio that made the LF Mark IXe a pilot’s dream to fly, a lethal fighter, and a delight to watch. It could take off and land on an airstrip or a patch of cornfield. It flew in turn for dogfights, escort missions, aerial performances, front-line defense, and combat training. This gem belongs to the Historic Flight at Kilo7 Paine Field WA. It was in the post war Czech Air Force (the markings it carries) and went on to fly in Israel and Burma.
P-51B Mustang: Like its fellow Mustangs, Impatient Virgin could reach astonishing speeds and altitudes—in one test, the P-51B hit 451 MPH at 25,000 feet—and also dive to fly through narrow passes that nearly skimmed the ground. But these capabilities can prove a plane’s triumph or its literal downfall, depending on the pilot’s judgment. This one also belongs to the Historic Flight at Kilo7 Paine Field WA.