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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.

Prototype

The first of four Mustang Is converted flew on October 13, 1942.

Production

  • North American P-51B: 1,988
    • Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc.
      • Location: Inglewood, California

Variants

  • North American P-51B:

Usage

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

Specifications

  North American P-51B Mustang, Mustang Mk III
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Packard Merlin V-1650
Packard V-1650-3 Merlin
OR Packard V-1650-7
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP -3: 1,400, 1,595
-7: 1,720
Propeller blades 4
Dimensions  
Span 37'
11.28 m
Length 32' 3"
9.83 m
Height 12' 2"
3.71 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 7,450 lb
3,379 kg
Loaded 11,200 lb, 11,800 lb
5,080 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 15,000' /
4,570 m
V-1650-3: 424 mph
V-1650-3: 682 kph
Speed @ 30,000' /
9,145 m
V-1650-3: 440 mph
V-1650-3: 708 kph
Climb to 15,000' 5 minutes
Climb to 30,000' /
9,145 m
V-1650-3: 12.5 minutes
Service ceiling V-1650-3: 41,800'
V-1650-3: 12,740 m
Range 810 miles
Range with drop tanks V-1650-3: 1,600 miles
V-1650-3: 2,575 km
Armament 4: MG
Wing 4 or 6: 0.5" MG
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb
2,000 lb
2: 454 kg

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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