WASP Goes For A Ride In P-51

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It has been a long time since Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds has flown in a P-51 Mustang. She one of the 1,074 members Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who flew military aircraft for the United States during WWII. At the AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin Shutsy was given the opportunity of a lifetime to be reunited with a P-51 Mustang and soar the skies again.

The Freedom Flyers are a wonderful organization that gives WWII veterans the chance to fly in warbirds once again. Shutsy couldn’t contain her excitement when they offered the chance to fly in the legendary P-51 Mustang Pecos Bill.

“I feel like I died and went to heaven, I’ve never been so happy in my life. I sort of relieved the first day I was there at Avenger Field. The sound of the engine, the excitement.”

– Shutsy Reynolds

The P-51 Pecos Bill never saw combat but it sure makes a lasting mark by flying the veterans who did. Shutsy Reyolds has spent her life as an activist for female pilots and has become a decorated veteran. It is so absolutely heartwarming to see her fly again in this video and proves that her love for aviation still lives on.