Role : Pursuit Fighter
Manufacturer : North American
Status : Retired
Primary User : US Army Air Corps, US Air Force
Number Built : More than 15,000
A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, North American Aviation’s P-51 Mustang was the first U.S. built fighter airplane to push its nose over Europe after the fall of France. Mustangs met and conquered every German plane from the early Junkers to the sleek, twin-jet Messerschmitt 262s.
Although first designed for the British as a medium-altitude fighter, the Mustang excelled in hedge-hopping strafing runs and long-range escort duty. It made a name for itself by blasting trains, ships and enemy installations in Western Europe and by devastating Axis defenses before the Allied invasion of Italy.
The Mustang was the first single-engine plane based in Britain to penetrate Germany, first to reach Berlin, first to go with the heavy bombers over the Ploiesti oil fields in Romania, escorted by Red Tail Tuskegee Airmen, and first to make a major-scale, all-fighter sweep specifically to hunt down the dwindling Luftwaffe.
One of the highest honors accorded to the Mustang was its rating in 1944 by the Truman Senate War Investigating Committee as “the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence.”
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in (Sweet Home) Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in P-51 Mustangs, painted with Red Tails, in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces.
Credit Wikipedia / Boeing
For Thecatbaron’s challenge.
- Realistic performance
- Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tails” Livery
- Air superiority firepower
1. Drop tanks
Creds to Thecatbaron for the plane, as I am doing this for a challenge. Sorry the auto credit messed up.
- Awsomur 2 months ago
- Created On iOS
- Wingspan 82.0ft (25.0m)
- Length 82.0ft (25.0m)
- Height 17.2ft (5.3m)
- Empty Weight 5,592lbs (2,536kg)
- Loaded Weight 10,426lbs (4,729kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.335
- Wing Loading 4.8lbs/ft2 (23.7kg/m2)
- Wing Area 2,150.8ft2 (199.8m2)
- Drag Points 5763
- Number of Parts 531
- Control Surfaces 4