Pilot flies classic WWII plane in Thunderbirds Air Show

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PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Thunder over Georgia Air Show is this weekend at Robins Air Force  Base.

U.S. Air Force pilots will be performing rolls and tricks for thousands of people.

For Stan Musick, it’s like flying an artifact.

“Flying an airplane in battle and all that performance and it almost feels like you’re riding with history, with ghosts,” he said.

He’s been the pilot behind the P-51 Mustang war bird for 16 years.

“This plane was the very first war bird ever,” Musick said.

The pilot is also a performer, part of the Thunderbirds Air Show — and he knows his stuff.

“The majority of mustangs were based in the European theatre of operations in World War II,” Musick said.

A flight on one of the mustangs can cost thousands of dollars. It’s a rare, gas efficient plane that escorted bombers during the war.

“That gave them the capability to fly up to ten hours and that was what let the pilots stay in formation with the bombers and to protect the bombers as they attacked Germany during World War II,” Musick said.

He says the chance to fly and restore what he calls an important piece of U.S. history is what keeps him going.

“It’s sort of like the difference between looking at a stuffed animal and looking at a live animal and that’s been our goal in maintaining that type of situation so people will always have an airplane that people will look at and an airplane that people can see what it looks like, smells like, sounds like,” Musick said.

Senses that keep him soaring to new heights.

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