The P-51 Mustang is probably the most well known fighter plane of WWII, it’s certainly the sexiest. Some say it changed the course of the war too, providing long ranged fighter escort for those war-winning (overkill) bombers. This is wild, did you know James Horner, when not composing the most titanic films, likes to fly in the old warbirds? In fact he’s recently become something of an honorary fourth Horseman, of the three man P-51 aerial aerobatic group, called The Horsemen.
Now Horner’s scored a liberating piece of music for, and about them. I bet he never envied John Williams more than when Williams got to score “Empire of the Sun.” The angelic choirs set to the Cadillac of the sky strafing and blowing the hell out of a Japanese airfield were divine. Well, there’s no young Christian Bale in this video about Horner’s soaring passions, but there are some sweet planes and conspicuously “Star Trek” meets “Field of Dreams” sounding orchestrations.
It’s cool to hear composers talk about their tripped out inspirations, and cool to see them flying in fighter planes. Between Horner and his pal James Cameron, the deep sea submersible pilot and Merman king of the abyss, I think all the bases are covered. I want to see those two rolling around in some kind of flying submarine heading to the gulf to fight corporate malfeasance and ecological disasters, filming and scoring it as they go – just the two of them. But check this out in the meantime: