Mitch Flint’s 91 Birthday at CAF

Only a year ago, when he turned 90, Mitchell (Mitch) Flint devotion to defending the State of Israel’s and his fight for her independence, in 1948, was officially recognized and commemorated by the State of Israel: (https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/red-around-the-wings/).
Mitch is a former US Navy Pilot and one of the Founders of Israel’s Air Force.

This year, on his 91st birthday, last month, Mitch’s friends, members of the nonprofit organization Commemorative Air Force, Southern California Wings, in Camarillo, (http://cafsocal.com/museum.htm/ – http://cafsocal.com/) gave him the best present ever, a flight in the legendary P-51 Mustang airplane, which is the last aircraft Mitch flew in Israel 66 years ago, almost to the day, and one of the many type airplanes Mitch flew during the nascent Jewish State’s defensible War of Independence. The just born state was forced to fight and entered into the war in 1948, when she was attacked by the Arab states, a war in which Mitch volunteered to participate and fight and thus was won!

Mitch by the Harvard in the CAF hanger
Mitch by the Harvard in the CAF hanger
The spitfire in the CAF hanger
The spitfire in the CAF hanger
On display poster from WWII
On display poster from WWII
On display poster from WWII
On display poster from WWII
The  Albatross
The Albatross

Mitchell is one of the key American pilots who served in Israel in 1948, and he is the last of a handful remaining pilots from that era whose courage can be seen as unbelievable history. Among his many aviation accomplishments, Mitch is the only known aviator in the history of aviation to have flown 4 of the greatest aircraft of World War II in wartime combat situations, i.e. A P51 Mustang, an F4U Corsair, the MK IX Spitfire, and perhaps the near impossible for an Allied pilot the German Messerschmitt.

Mitch arrived to the CAF hangar, located in the fresh air agriculture land of Camarillo, which is in fact a museum dedicated to WWII with a section for WWI. Family and several spectator-friends arrived to watch the flight’s display.

Mitch and son Mike and a guest
Mitch and son Mike and a guest
Mitch Flint in the Aviation Museum
Mitch Flint in the Aviation Museum

Mitch was left in the trusted hands of Jason Somes, an experienced pilot who flew the plane while Mitch set behind him.

The majestic Mustag, a metal war hero
The majestic Mustag, a metal war hero
Jason and Mitch before take off
Jason and Mitch before take off
Jason Somes the most experienced pilot and 91 year old Mitch Flint
Jason Somes the most experienced pilot and 91 year old Mitch Flint
Jason and Mitch getting ready for take off
Jason and Mitch getting ready for take off
Mitch and Jason getting ready for take off on the Mustang
Mitch and Jason getting ready for take off on the Mustang
Jason flies Mitch low for all the guests to see
Jason flies Mitch low for all the guests to see

At 91 Mitch’s exuberance of youth had not diminished. Mitch, mounted the plane with slight difficulty but once in the cockpit he was ready to take the flight he last experienced, or took, 66 years ago. Upon his landing he said, “It was fantastic and I enjoyed the ride immensely. I never thought I would get to experience three and half G’s at my age! The Mustang is still one of the finest planes ever.”

Mitch after the flight-it was not easy but he was thrilled
Mitch after the flight-it was not easy but he was thrilled

This story in photos is dedicated to Mitch Flint.

Happy Birthday, Mitch!

Mitch checks the plane before take off many years passed since he flew the Mustang - a hero Israel must not forget
Mitch checks the plane before take off many years passed since he flew the Mustang – a hero Israel must not forget
About the Author
Nurit is an advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States and the Free World in general and sees Israel and the United States, equally, as the last two forts of true democratic freedom. Since 2006, she has been writing about events in these two countries. From Southern California, Nurit believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.
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