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United States' North American P-51B Mustang fighter, Mustang Mk III

Design

First of the Mustangs to have the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.4

Prototype

The first of four Mustang Is converted flew on October 13, 1942.4

Production

  • North American P-51B: 1,9885
    • Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc.5
      • Location: Inglewood, California5

Variants

  • North American P-51B:

Usage

The P-51B was first used in December 1, 1943 in an operation to Kiel.4,5 In March 1944 the P-51B escorted a mission to Berlin.4

Specifications

  North American P-51B Mustang1,2,3,4,5, Mustang Mk III3
Type Fighter4,5
Crew 14,5
Engine (Type) Packard Merlin V-16502,3
Packard V-1650-3 Merlin4,5
OR Packard V-1650-74
Cylinders V 125
Cooling Liquid5
HP -3: 1,4005, 1,5954
-7: 1,7204
Propeller blades 44
Dimensions  
Span 37'4,5
11.28 m4
Length 32' 3"4,5
9.83 m4
Height 12' 2"4,5
3.71 m4
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 7,450 lb4
3,379 kg4
Loaded 11,200 lb4, 11,800 lb5
5,080 kg4
Performance  
Speed @ 15,000' /
4,570 m
V-1650-3: 424 mph4
V-1650-3: 682 kph4
Speed @ 30,000' /
9,145 m
V-1650-3: 440 mph4,5
V-1650-3: 708 kph4
Climb to 15,000' 5 minutes5
Climb to 30,000' /
9,145 m
V-1650-3: 12.5 minutes
Service ceiling V-1650-3: 41,800'4,5
V-1650-3: 12,740 m4
Range 810 miles5
Range with drop tanks V-1650-3: 1,600 miles4
V-1650-3: 2,575 km4
Armament 4: MG5
Wing 4 or 6: 0.5" MG4
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb4
2,000 lb5
2: 454 kg4

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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