Decades Of Air Superiority: The Mustang, Falcon and Raptor!
Which One Got The Loudest Applause? The Mustang!
This amazing footage was shot at the M.C.A.S. Miramar Heritage Air Show in 2010. The Miramar Air Show is a multi-day long event in San Diego that showcases the aviation history and is regarded as one of the best shows to see in the U.S. This particular Heritage event incorporated World War II planes as well, and what better plane to pick than the P-51 Mustang. A great fighter plane used as a dogfighter, fighter-bomber and escort, the Mustang has a special place in aviation history.
Quick fact sheet about these planes for you reading pleasure:
- The P-51 Mustang first flew in 1940, developed as a single seat fighter and fighter-bomber. Mustangs were crucial in establishing air superiority in the Pacific Theater
- The F-16 Fighting Falcon was developed in 1974 as a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft. Dubbed Viper by pilots, it quickly became an air superiority day fighter.
- The F-22 Raptor was designed in 1996 and was introduced to the Air Force in 2005. A single-seat, twin-engine stealth aircraft, the Raptor is considered a critical component of air superiority by the United States Air Force
In this clip, the Mustang goes wing to wing with these much more modern planes, the F-22 Raptor and F-16 Fighting Falcon! It’s great to see them fly side by side to put in perspective how far technology has come. All three of these flying wonders are or use to be kings of the sky when they were built, setting the bar high for any air force trying to match their capabilities.