Oregon Air Guardsman Greg James prepares to embark on a combat mission in an F-51 Mustang fighter-bomber. Note the “cobra” markings on the belly of his plane, indicating this was the aircraft of the fellow squadron member John “JET” Taylor. An intense warrior and candidate for the ultimate fighter pilot, Taylor had a cobra, representing the 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, painted along the entire length of the bottom of the fuselage of his Mustang because he wanted the enemy to know who it was that killed him. He later rose to the rank of major general and commanded the Texas ANG.
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