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World War II

North American NA-99 Mustang (P-51A)

The P-51 was created for the RAF to replace the P-40 Warhawk.  It took 117 days for North American to design, build and fly the P-51, this was so quick, in fact, that the engine wasn’t ready.

The latest Laminar-flow wing reduced drag.  The wheels from the AT-6 and an existing Allison engine were used to complete the P-51.  

The poor high altitude performance of the P-51A was soon rectified with the arrival of the newly designed Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.  

The Mustang was flown by eleven allied air forces in addition to the USAAF.  At a range of 750 miles the P-51 would often meet bombers near the Dutch/German border to relieve the shorter ranged P-38 and P-47.  

No combat airplane in the war could fly as far, go as high and fight as hard as the popular Mustang.  

This surplus P-51A was used as a civilian racing plane in Cleveland, Ohio.  

This “razorback” was restored to original condition, note the F.24 cameras behind the pilot’s seat.   This is the only surviving F-6B of the 35 modified.

Service History

Delivered: April 26, 1943

Waycross, GA, Memphis, TN

4th FTU - Nashville, TN

4th FTU - Brownsville, TX

AAF at Greenwood, MS

August 1945-Altus, OK stricken and sold as surplus

MFG: North American

First Produced: 1939

Powerplant: Allison V1710-81

Horsepower: 1200

Prop: Curtiss Electric

Service Ceiling: 31,500 ft.

Cruise: 307 mph

Top Speed: 390 mph

Range: 2,500 miles

Empty Weight: 6,430 lbs

Gross Weight: 8,600 lbs

Wing Span: 37’

Wing Area: 233 sq. ft.

Length: 32’3”

Height: 12’2”

Armament: (4) .50 cal machine

guns in wings, (2) 500

lb. bombs.

Number Built: 15,686 total

155 P-51A-10 Models

35 F-6B Models

 
This aircraft came to Yanks incomplete until a belly scoop, landing gear door, windscreen and clam shell doors were found in an old barn. The entire restoration took 12 years.