P-51 Mustang

F-35A Lightning II, Vermont Air National Guard

This P-51 is a celebration of our nation’s armed forces. Every aspect of the paint represents those who have served, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The black cape covering the front of the aircraft represents the veil of protection that our armed forces give us. That veil is one of the reasons why we have what we have today, freedom.

As the cape extends to the back of the canopy, it spreads out and divides into feathers, symbolizing the eagle that has flown with every aviator since the birth of aviation in 1903.

The black paint has tiny sparkling stars in it, each sparkle represents an American Veteran that served our great country; the unsung stars in our lives. These veterans are the glimmering star in a mother’s eye, a wife or husband’s heart, a son or daughter’s hope for the future.

The silver ring behind the spinner represents the shinning halo of the guardian angel who guides service personnel, having given the ultimate sacrifice, to their final resting place.

The black and white stripes on the wings are there, as they were on all allied aircraft on D-day.

The stars and bars, proudly displayed, represent the armed forces symbol that all United States fighter planes carry.  It carries the post war version because “Quick Silver” was never a part of a unit till after World War 2.

All of the bare metal of this P-51 Mustang is polished. Look closely into the metal, you can see for whom our veterans fought.

Bill Yoak, an individual with a love and passion for this type aircraft did all of the metal work. The remanufactured parts are handmade. Unlike the hurried war effort parts, these are made with the skill and care of a master craftsman, and obtain the utmost attention to detail necessary to restore this Mustang to a condition better than factory new in 1945.

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