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United States' North American P-51A Mustang fighter, Mustang Mk II

Design

The P-51A was the last of the Allison powered Mustangs.

Prototype

The P-51A prototype first flew in February 1943.

Production

  • North American P-51A:
    • Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc.

Specifications

  North American P-51A Mustang, Mustang Mk II
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Allison V-1710-81
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 1,200
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 37'
11.28 m
Length 32' 3"
9.83 m
Height 12' 2"
3.71 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 8,800 lb
Performance  
Speed @ 20,000' 390 mph
Climb  
Service ceiling 31,350'
Range 750 miles
Armament 4: MG
Wings 4: 0.5" MG
4: 12.7 mm MG
Bombs 1,000 lb

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, General Editor: Jim Winchester, 2004
  2. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  3. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, General Editor Chris Bishop, 1998
  4. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  5. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
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