My Dad Smiled Today

The sound of a Packard built Rolls Royce Merlin engine rang out at the Asheboro, North Carolina airport Saturday afternoon. Alex Newsom of Cheraw, South Carolina flew his dad’s P-51D  Mustang into the airport for the annual fly-in. Arguably the best propeller powered fighter ever built, my Dad flew 39 combat missions in an identical one during his service in World War II. He was looking over my shoulder all afternoon and smiling.

(Photographs copyright 2013 by Dan Routh)

3 thoughts on “My Dad Smiled Today

  1. Your mother refered me to your blog. I enjoyed the great photographs of the P-51. No doubt Silvan is smiling. I will always have fond memories of him. You are a lucky man to have such great parents.

    Bob Soots


  2. Mr. Routh never missed a Monday looking after our museum while I was there. I always told people I was there to baby sit old airplanes and old men. It was true to an extent, but I I didn't realize until I was gone, I got the best history lessons ever. I'm still re-telling the stories he told me (along with other) and they will never get old.
    Thanks to you mom and your family for sharing him with us.

    Mark Vuncannon


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