“Marinell”, Maurice Hammond’s P-51D G-MRLL, is believed to be the only flying warbird autographed by the person it is named after. It has been restored in the configuration and colour scheme it originally had in World War Two. Maurice is pictured flyng her at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Air Display at East Kirkby.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is http://www.oscarpix.co.uk

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 2 years ago

    Another excellent capture Colin. – Ted

  • Thanks again Ted!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 2 years ago

    Ah the inimitable King of rock and role! Understand it was originally called the Apache until GB got a hold of it!!

  • Not entirely accurate! The A-36 Apache, also called Invader, was a somewhat different beast. Based on the early P-51A the A-36 had a heavier, strengthened wing, fitted with huge dive brakes and bomb mountings, an Allison engine, and was a dedicated ground attack machine and dive bomber. It was totally useless as a fighter but was used in small numbers to good effect by the USAAF in Africa and other places.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 2 years ago

    Thanks for the clarification, Colin. Remarkable beast!

  • You’re welcome, Glenn! It’s worth pointing out that the P-51 was a brilliant design by North American to a British specification to meet British requirements and was eventually transformed into a truly awesome fighting machine by being mated to the British designed Merlin engine. The Americans then contributed their truly amazing capabilities in the fields of mass production and consistently fine engineering tolerances. The end result was 1000s of wonderful Mustangs!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thank you nicely Colin!

    – Colin Smedley

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