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World War II
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.