North American designed and built the P-51 in an unbelievable 117 days. An exceptional long range bomber escort and a fast and furious dog fighter, the P-51 qualified 281 allied pilots as Aces, second only to the Hellcat with 307 Aces. Most P-51s were manufactured in Inglewood, CA and tested over Mines Field, now LAX.
The answer to a fighter pilot’s dream, the Mustang had the ability to fly farther and faster than any other combat aircraft of WWII. The D model sported a new bubble canopy, six .50 caliber Browning machine guns and the new Merlin engine improved its high altitude performance. Two other developments improved the capabilities of the P-51, the G-Suit, which applied pressure to the lower body to increased blood flow to the head, and the K-14 gyroscopic gunsight. This P-51 was a well-known racer and won a string of victories in the Bendix Air Races.
It was procured by Yanks in 1987.
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|Own||United States||Legends Hangar|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
|Bomber, Fighter||Steel||World War II
1939 – 1945
|MFG: North American
First Produced: 1941
Number Built: 15,686 total; 7,956 P-51D Models
Armament: (6) .50 caliber machine guns in wings, (2) 1,000 lb bombsIt was procured by Yanks in 1987.
Wing Area: 233 sq ft
Empty Weight: 6,970 lbs
Gross Weight: 10,5000 lbs
Powerplant: Packard V1650-7 Merlin 68
Cruise Speed: 362 mph
Maximum Speed: 437 mph
Range: 2,080 miles
|Delivered: July 10, 1945
July 1945 – 2116th AAF Base Unit (ATC), Napier AAF, AL