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 ┬áMustang 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)