The North American P-51 was one of the best fighter aircraft of the Second World War. It was designed as long-range, single-seat fighter to escort Allied bombers all the way to bombing Berlin. It was also used as fighter-bomber. The prototype NA-73X airframe was first flown October 1940. The first P-51 versions used the Allison V-1710 engine. It has a smooth wing to enable laminar flow for longer range. The type was first flown operationally by the Royal Air Force (RAF) early in the war obtained after considerable troubles from the USA as the USA was not yet involved in the war. The RAF called it the Mustang and deployed it as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber. This version was however no real match for the high speed German fighters in Western Europe.

The definitive version was a far better aircraft as it got a Packard V-1650-7 engine, a licence-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series two-stage two-speed supercharged engine, and armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns. The P-51D was widely used and was a fine aircraft. After the Second World War, the Mustang was used in various theatres like Korea and Indo China. It was also used by many air forces around the world, including the Dutch Air Force ML-KNIL in the Indies.

Over 15,000 P-51's were manufactured. P-51's Mustang are now used by many enthusiasts, flying them all over the world.


 HERE IN VARIOUS GALLERIES NEARLY 500 PHOTO'S


P-51C  Mustang

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This particular variant, the P-51C, has the old style cockpit hood.

This aircraft is "Ina the Macon Belle", P-51C-10NT, serial 42-103831, USA registration civil N1204

Photographed Januari 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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P-51D  Mustang

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The P-51D got a later style bibble type canopy hood for better visibility as well as a more powerfull Packard Merlin engine.

Several aircraft are seen here, like:

(1) "Little Witch", P-51D-30NA being a TF-51 restoration, serial 44-74497, USA registration N51LW

(2) "Crazy Horse", P-51D-25NT, a TF-51 with serial 44-84745, registration N851D by Stallion 51

(3) "Mad Max", P-51D-30NT being a Cavalier Mk.II, serial 45-11559a, registration N51MX

(4) "Slender tender tall", A68-175, serial 44-74950a, registration N51DT

Most planes are located at Kissimmee airfield in Florida, USA. Note that many were modified for civil flying, including installing an extra seat in the cockpit.

Photographed Januari 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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-- part 3: the ammunition bay details of a P-51D nicknamed "Slender, tender & small" as seen at Kissimmee, Florida, USA. 

Photographed 2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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P-51 "Precious Metal"

This particular Mustang was converted to a racer with nickname "PRECIOUS METAL" with USA registration N5483V. It is the world's only Rolls Royce Griffon powered P-51 Mustang  and is made of parts of various P-51's. This aircraft appeared at many air show races. It's home base is Kissimmee.

Photographed Januari 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Later, the same aircraft was repainted with yellow markings as well and seen at Titusville. Unfortunately is was damaged by fire and is now under repair.

Photographed  2014 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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P-51 VARIA

Several P-51 aircraft were seen at an air show in the USA. 

Photographed 2014 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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P-51 Merlin engine

Here the installment and nose section of a P-51D is seen with the Rolls Royce Merlin engine. Seen at Chino.

Photographed 2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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P-51D "Damn Yankee"    nedvlag

This P-51D-30-NA 44-74425 was delivered to the USAAF in 1945, but she served also after the war with Royal Canadian Air Force. It went into private ownership in 1957 and was flown by several owners also in the USA. It had some landing accidents but the airplane was always repaired as needed. In 1994 it went into a Dutch pilot ownership with Dutch civil registration "PH-PSI".  The name "Damn Yankee" is a fictional name. It has not only a pilot seat but provision for a small passenger seat below a larger canopy hood. (it is based at Oostwold, a small airstrip in Groningen, The Netherlands).

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P-51A

This P-51A-10-NA was originally manufactured in 1943. Many years later, it also flew as a racer. This aircraft was restored to P-51A and "N90358" is now on static display at the Yanks Air Museum at Chino, California USA.

Photographed  2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Many scale models exist of the P-51 Mustang in various scales. Too much to list! Recently Airfix issued a very nice P-51D in 1/72 and Tamiya has a very good P-51D in 1/32.

 

Also the Dutch armed forces used the P-51. Enthusiasts, modellers and historians may look at more info at our NedMil pages here....