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North American designed and built the P-51 in an unbelievable117 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.
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,
|MFG: North American
First Produced: 1941
Powerplant: Packard V1650-
7 Merlin 68
Prop: Hamilton Std.
Service Ceiling: 41,900 ft.
Cruise: 362 mph
Top Speed: 437 mph
Range: 2,080 miles
Empty Weight: 6,970 lbs
Gross Weight: 10,500 lbs
Wing Span: 37’
Wing Area: 233 sq. ft.
Armament: (6) .50 cal machine
guns in wings, (2)
1,000 lb. bombs.
Number Built: 15,686 total
7,956 P-51D Models