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
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
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.
Wingspan: 37’
Wing Area: 233 sq ft
Length: 32’3”
Height: 12’2”
Empty Weight: 6,970 lbs
Gross Weight: 10,5000 lbs
Powerplant: Packard V1650-7 Merlin 68
Thrust: 
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
Nov 1945 – 2225th AAF Base Unit (ATC), Moody AAF, GA
Mar 1946 – 2537th AAF Base Unit (ATC), Perrin AAF, TX
Nov 1946 – San Antonio Air Material Center, Kelly AAF, TX
Jan 1948 – 195th Fighter Squadron (ANG), Van Nuys AP, CA
Jun 1948 – 188th FS (ANG), Kirtland AFB, NM
Feb 1951 – 188th FS Assigned to Air Defense Command
May 1951 – 188th FS (ADC), Long Beach AFB, CA
Nov 1952 – 354th FS (ADC), Long Beach AFB, CA
Feb 1953 – To Oxnard AFB, CA
June 1953 – 440th FS (ADC) Geiger AFB, WA with a deployment to McChord AFB, WA
Sept 1953 – 116th FS (ANG) Geiger AFB, WA
Jan 1954 – 179th FS (ANG) Duluth AP, MN
Aug 1954 – 112th Fighter-Bomber Squadron (ANG) Akron-Canton AP, OH
Aug 1956 – Sacramento Air Materiel Are, McClellan AFB