The north american aviation p-51 mustang is an american long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during world war ii and the korean war, among other conflictsthe mustang was designed in 1940 by north american aviation (naa) in response to a requirement of the british purchasing commissionthe purchasing commission approached north american aviation to build curtiss p-40. Why nothing could stop the p-51 mustang marrying an american dive-bomber design and a british engine, the north american p-51 mustang became one of the greatest fighters of world war ii. The north american p-51 mustang the general requirement for a fighter of more advanced design and with better operational performance than any then available in the united states was put to north american aviation early in 1940 by the british commission.
North american p-51h mustang last revised march 3, 2002 the ultimate version of the mustang was the p-51h, which was the fastest mustang variant to see service and one of the fastest (if not the fastest) piston-engined fighters to enter production during the second world war. Classic warplanes: north american p-51 mustang, bill gunston, gallery books, 1990 famous fighters of the second world war, volume i, william green, 1967 the north american p-51b and c mustang, richard atkins, aircraft in profile, doubleday, 1969. The north american p-51 mustang escorted high-altitude allied bombers deep into europe it was used in escort, strafing, and photo-reconnaissance roles in every other major theater as well this one never fought in the war, but it is displayed with the markings of 351st fighter squadron, 353rd fighter group, eighth air force.
The last p-51 off the texas production line was an na-124 order which included the newer p-51m which was an improved p-51d-30 with the v-1650-9a merlin and a hamilton standard prop the -9a merlin did not have water injection. How the mustang trampled the luftwaffe: the role of the p-51 in the defeat of the german air force in world war two a thesis submitted to the graduate faculty of the. Mustang ace brig gen thomas “tommy” hayes said that the merlin-powered p-51 “had the three qualities you need most if you were going to escort bombers to berlin – range, range and range” later in the war, mustang ace harrison b “bud” tordoff challenged the vaunted german messerschmitt me 262 jet fighter. The p-51 mustang was a solution to the clear need for an effective bomber escort the mustang was at least as simple as other aircraft of its era it used a common, reliable engine and had internal space for a huge fuel load.
The north american p-51 mustang proved an invaluable addition to the allied cause in the latter half of world war 2 the system was designed and flown in a matter of months and made such an impact that it could clearly be considered the war-winning design for the allies. Lt colonel thomas j hitchcock jr, champion of the p-51 mustang perhaps no one man had a greater influence over the development and adaptation of the p-51 mustang than the visionary lt col thomas j hitchcock jr. The p-51 mustang is arguably the best aircraft of world war two, if not all time because of its significance, both military and otherwise, it deserves the attention.
The mustang is a low-wing fighter, with a single tail and a single engine: 1 allison v-1710 v-12 developing 1,325 hp used in the p-51 mki and p-51a mkii or 1 packard v-1650 v-12 of 1,315 hp in the p-51d and onwards. Kissimmee, florida-based stallion 51, better known for its p-51 mustang training, has expanded its syllabus to include an introduction to unusual attitude training (uat) utilizing the aero l-29 albatros. The p-51 mustang was an iconic american fighter of world war ii and became a critical weapon in the air for allies due to its performance and range.
P-51 p-51d mustang fighter 167th airlift wing, west virginia air national guard about 13,300 merlin-powered mustangs were produced in the united states though production contracts were canceled at war’s end, the p-51 remained in service with the air force for several years thereafter. In the latter role, he spent several years flying a p-51 owned by hudson although the polished warbird was recently sold, fernuik gained broad insight into the many challenges and rewards of mustang ownership. The p-51 mustang is a rank iii american fighter with a battle rating of 40 (ab/sb) and 37 (rb) it was introduced in update 149 weapons of victory the main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations general play style the p-51 mustang retains a lot of the traits that you may find in its later variants. It was a match for a p-51 mustang in a close dogfight, but the tried and tested means of fighting the japanese, of engaging and disengaging at will without getting involved in a climbing turn or close manoeuvring, suited the p-51 mustang even in its encounters with this fine japanese fighter.