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ColonelJohn #1 Posted 16 November 2013 - 04:17 AM

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The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and, with an engine installed, first flew on 26 October.

The Mustang was originally designed to use the Allison V-1710 engine, which had limited high-altitude performance. It was first flown operationally by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a tactil-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber (Mustang Mk I). The addition of the ROlls-Royce Merlin to the P-51B/C model transformed the Mustang's performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, giving it a performance that matched or bettered the majority of the Luftwaffe's fighters at altitude. The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-11650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series two-stage two-speed suercharged engine, and armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns.

From late 1943, P-51Bs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF's Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF's 2 TAF and the USAAF's Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also in service with Allied air forces in the North African, Mediteranean and Italian theatres, and saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down.

At the start of the Korean War, the Mustang was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighters such as the F-86 took over this role; the Mustang then became a specialized fighter-bomber. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After World War II and the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing, and increasingly, preserved and flown as historic warbird aircraft at airshows.


Information from http://en.wikipedia....an_P-51_Mustang


What are your thoughts on this iconic fighter from world war 2?

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helton17 #2 Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:50 AM

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I love the Mustang. I'm going down the left tree to get it even though T10 right trees looks better xD.

FreeFOXMIKE #3 Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:40 AM

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"flap" for it and it shall be yours!  In game the P-51 can be a great Plane here are some in game pointers it tends in game to be a zoom & Boomer




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Staff_Sergeant_Walker #4 Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:01 AM

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I love this beauty. The Cadillac of the Sky from Empire of the Sun. I just love it when you see it fly over the Japanese PoW camp. Young Chistian Bale goes crazy (it hasn't changed from what I heard :teethhappy:) But although I love it, being a member of the Commonwealth, I prefer the Spitfire.

Heh #5 Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:58 PM

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Its armament wouldn't hurt anything like a heavy bomber, but the sheer weight and laminar wings is what I love about it in combat. Yes, it could turn with the 109, but its main advantage was using the weight to control the battle. The range also made it a bomber's best friend, plus like all notable late-war US fighters, it could carry a nice air to ground loadout to clean up convoy and AAA. Plus it had a very good ceiling.


So yes, I believe it's one of the best escort fighters in WWII for the most part. Short range combat though? It lacks a bit in that department, so I'd give my vote to the Tempest in that case.

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JDMFreakz #6 Posted 28 November 2013 - 03:22 PM

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