Polished P-51 Mustang and F4U Corsair Used to Film Epic Watch Commercial

Chrome P-51 Mustang and F4U Corsair Used to Film Epic Watch Commercial 1 photo
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We don't know about you guys, but we wouldn't buy a watch just because Ronaldo or Hamilton wears it, and especially not one endorsed by Tiger Woods. Product placement has become as brutal and obvious as a hammer to the face. However, this next ad from Breitling is nothing like that.
Instead of using fancy cars, the company called on two iconic American warbirds. Because World War II ended a little over 70 years ago, there's a chance you don't know what these airplanes are. Of course, you probably aren't old enough to buy a Breitling if that's the case, but we're going to give you some details anyway.

The P-51 is probably the ultimate air superiority fighter of the war. It could carry lots of guns and escort the bombers all the way into Nazi Germany and back again. Not many people know this, but the Mustang only became the great plane that it is today thanks to the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, a 27-linter monster that also equipped British fighters and bombers.

While the RAF Spitfire was phased out after the war, the P-51 was only retired from military service in 1984. Even though it had been outclassed by the jets, you could still see the F-51 late model laden with bombs and rockets flying over Korea.

The one in this video appears to be the P-51D or something even later, based on the bubble canopy and the paint. People with passion and very big bank accounts race heavily customized models in the desert, such as the P-51 Mustang “Strega” and the P-51 Mustang “Voodoo” shot at the Reno air races (in Nevada, video below).

Its partner in crime is an F4U Corsair that plaid a crucial role in the war against Japan. Designed to be launched from aircraft carriers, it featured heavy armor, a radial engine, and foldable wings.

While the tandem flight is epic and you rarely get to see these war birds together, the ad is a little corny. We think the pilots were given photos of hot girls just because the glances they give each other are kind of… ambiguous. “You can be my wingman any time,” said Iceman to Maverick.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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