I have finally gained badge number 5 for having made 10 journal entries. What a relief. It took me only 1 month to gain the first four badges and a hell of a lot longer to get to badge number 5. I guess when you consider that since the end of the first month of my membership [and badge number 4] I have moved house and done a few other things and lost regular access to the net and therefore this site it is all to be expected.
Well, "a lot" is a relative term, but I guess that I do go "a lot" more often than many people! (I suppose I've been flying about 9 or more times so far this year.) I went flying in a Tomahawk a few weeks ago...and did I ever mention the balloon flight in May? I do realise that I'm rather privileged for all of this.
Flying in a Tomahawk and a balloon. Oh I feel like such a penguin. If you get to fly in a Mustang before I do and you probably will, I will scream. It will be a very Seinfeld scream where you look to the ceiling as the camera spins. D-Day
I forgot to add that it was the approach by the British Purchasing Commission to North American Aviation which led directly to the development of the Mustang. The Purchasing Commission wanted N.A. to build Curtis Tomahawks [know as the Warhawk in U.S. service] for use by the RAF. North American came back with a proposal to build a fighter of their own design using the "new laminar flow wing". The Commission agreed to their proposal but with one stipulation, that the aircraft prototype be designed and ready in the time it would have taken N.A. to tool up for Tomahawk production, which was [from memory] @ 150 days. North American achieved this goal and so the first P51 Mustang was born. The aircraft was named Mustang by the British as they prefered to name their aircraft, and the name Mustang was chosen to reflect its North American ancestry.