North American P-51B Mustang. Pilot:Lt. William Hovde from 355th Fighter Group.
358th Fighter Squadron. The model is from Tamiya (1:48) The plane has two 108gal drop tanks.
North American P-51 Mustang
by Bjørn Jacobsen
Length: 32 ft 3 in (9.83 m) Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
Height: 13 ft 4½ in (4.08 m)
Empty weight: 7,635 lb (3,465 kg)
Loaded weight: 9,200 lb (4,175kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 12,100 lb (5,490 kg)
One Packard V-1650-7 liquid-cooled supercharged V-12, 1,490 hp (1,111 kW) at 3,000 rpm.] 1,720 hp (1,282 kW) at WEP
Maximum speed: 437 mph (703 km/h) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
Cruise speed: 362 mph (580 km/h)
Range: 1,650 mi (2,755 km) with external tanks
Service ceiling: 41,900 ft
Rate of climb: 3,200 ft/min (16.3 m/s
6× 0.50 caliber (12.7mm) M2 Browning machine guns and 2× hardpoints for up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs
6 or 10× T64 5.0 in (127 mm) H.V.A.R rockets
Regarded by many as the best fighter during WWII.
It was the Mustang that made the Mighty Eight able to carry out their fierce bombing raids deep into Germany from 1943.
Without the P51 (and P47), it would undoubtedly have taken much longer to liberate Europe.
Stripes on wings and tail are QIM (Quick Identification Markings), an attempt to separate the Mustang from Bf109 during aerial combat (they had both a very similar silhouette)
North American P-51D Mustang. from 55th Fighter Group, 343rd Fighter Squadron. Two 75gal drop tanks.
The model is from Hasegawa (1:48)
The P-51 Mustang was also used by RAF, but under the names Mustang I to IV, the Mustang IV was the same as the P-51D. The pictures below shows my model of the Mustang IV from the RAF 65th Sqn (See Black Friday page 31)
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