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Jim Harley hit the starter in the two-seat P-51C Mustang called Betty Jane, and when the engine caught, the noise was deafening and the vibration palpable. With “gauges in the green” and clearance for take-off, he opened the throttle, the plane shot down the runway, we lifted off and quickly accelerated to over 200 knots. With the gear up, the wonderful sensation of “pulling some G’s” continued on our climb, and I realized my childhood dream of taking flight in a P-51 Mustang.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2014/02/10/flight-of-the-mustang