SYNOPSIS: The P-51 is considered to be one of greatest single seat fighters to be used in WWII. Its original design called for the use of a 1,100 hp Allison V-1710-39 engine, but this version proved to have limitations in combat operations at higher altitudes. When the Allison was replaced by the British Rolls Royce Merlin engine the Mustang lept into prominance as an excellent fighter. Its ability to fly long distances in the escort fighter role earned it fame during the long missions to Germany and over the expanses of the Pacific. A related aircraft is known as the A-36, which was an early version of the P-51 provided with dive brakes and underwing racks, to operate in a close-support role.
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(updated February 2009)
North American P-51D Mustang
Type: Fighter Crew: 1, Pilot Armament: six.50 cal machine guns Specifications: Length: 32' 3" (9.80 m) Height: 13' 8" (4.17 m) Wing span: 37' (11.30 m) Wing area: 235 sq. ft (21.80 sq. m) Empty Weight: 7000 lbs (3175 kg) Gross Weight: 9200 lbs (4173 kg) Max Weight: 12100 lbs (5487 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Rolls Royce (Packard) Merlin V-1650 Horsepower: 1650 hp Performance: Range: 1000 miles (1610 km) Cruise Speed: 275 mph (442 km/hr) Max Speed: 437 mph (703 km/hr) Ceiling: 41900 ft (12770 m)
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