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1939-1945 / WORLD WAR II ERA

North American
P-51D-30 Mustang

Single Seat Fighter

North American P-51D-30 Mustang

Service History of 44-74910

  • 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, CA
  • July 1959 – Dropped from inventory by commercial sale

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 gun sight.

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.