Unlike the mythical ship doomed to sail forever without reaching port, this Flying Dutchman is welcomed wherever it goes.
Saturday at the Lyons Air Museum at John Wayne Airport, P-51 ace Capt. Bob Goebel met local history buffs and admirers as he signed copies of his book retelling his exploits over Europe during World War II.
"It makes you feel appreciated, it's a very nice touch," Goebel said. "I don't feel particularly special, but I'm proud of what I did."
What Goebel did was down 11 German pilots in his P-51, a long-range, single-seat fighter nicknamed the Cadillac of the sky.
"I'm afraid the 51 requires a place in history," he said, sitting in front of one of the few still able to fly. "It really turned the tide of the air war with its long legs."