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United States' North American P-51H Mustang fighter

Design

The P-51H had its weight reduced by using some of the features from the XP-51F, XP-51G, and XP-51J prototypes.

The tail fin was made taller to help eliminate some stability problems.

Engine

The engine used water injection which could boost power to 2,218 HP for short periods.

Prototype

The P-51H first flew on February 3, 1945.

Production

555 P-51Hs were built before the end of the war. A further 1,845 were cancelled.

Usage

Some P-51Hs saw use in the Pacific during the last three months of the war.

Specifications

  North American P-51H Mustang
Type Fighter bomber
Crew 1
Engine (Type) V-1650-6 Merlin
Packard V-1650-9 Merlin
Cylinders V 12
Cooling  
War emergency HP 2,218
Propeller blades 4
Dimensions  
Span 37'
11.28 m
Length 33' 4"
10.16 m
Height 13' 8"
4.16 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 7,040 lb
3,193 kg
Loaded 11,500 lb
5,216 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 15,000' /
4,570 m
463 mph
745 kph
Speed @ 25,000' /
7,620 m
487 mph
784 kph
Climb to 30,000' /
9,144 m
12.5 minutes
Service ceiling 41,600'
12,680 m
Range - fuel tanks 1,160 miles
1,867 km
Armament  
Wings 6: 0.5" MG
Bombs 2,000 lb
907 kg
OR  
Rockets 10: 5"
10: 127 mm

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  3. American Attack Aircraft Since 1926, E. R. Johnson, 2012
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