P-51 Specs

The P-51 Mustang was arguably the best fighter of WWII. It was maneuverable, fast, had deadly accurate guns, and had the range to use its capabilities. It allowed the 8th Air Force to, at times, bomb the Nazi's day and night. Germans who faced the Mustang have said that the P-51 was the only plane they really feared to face.

A very important part of the Mustang is it's engine. Its Rolls Royce, Merlin engine proved to be the best addition that the P-51 had. The original Mustang models had Allison engines, and while it was a good engine, it's high altitude capabilities were lacking and its range was not what the Merlin provided. Along with its engine, another important part was its 6, 50 caliber, wing mounted, machine guns. The P-51 was a great aircraft that was even used in the Korean War, in the form of the Twin Mustang. This great aircraft still has about 290 models in existence and about 145 in flyable condition, which is amazing since the planes were made for performance not a long life span. But, it makes sense, because the P-51 was an amazing aircraft.

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Model P-51A P-51B P-51C P-51D P-51K P-51H
Production Count 310 1988 1750 8102 1500 555
Combat Record 4950 Air Kills, 4131 Ground Kill, 230 V-1 Kills
P-51's Today Less than 300 P-51's exist today, about 145 flying.
DIMENSIONS
Length -feet 32.20 32.25 32.25 32.25 32.25 33.33
Height -feet 13.67 13.67 13.67 13.67 13.67 13.67
Wing Span -feet 37.04 37.04 37.04 37.04 37.04 37.04
Wing Area -sq. feet 233.19 233.19 233.19 233.19 233.19 233.19
WEIGHTS
Empty Weight -lbs. 6433 6840 6985 7635 7635 7040
Normal Take-off -lbs. 8600 9200 9800 10100 10100 9500
Max. Gross -lbs. 10600 11200 11800 12100 12100 11500
POWERPLANT
Manufacturer
*Rolls-Royce Merlin 68
Allison
V-1710-81
Packard*
V-1650-3,7
Packard*
V-1650-7
Packard*
V-1650-7
Packard*
V-1650-7
Packard*
V-1650-9
CID 1710 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649
Normal Take-off HP 1200 1400 1490 1490 1490 1380
War Emergency HP . 1620 1720 1720 1720 2270
PERFORMANCE
Max. Speed -mph 409 427 439 437 437 487
--max speed altitude 10000 20000 25000 25000 25000 25000
Normal Cruise -mph 325 . . 325 325 .
--cruise altitude . . . 10000 10000 .
Climb to 20,000' -min. 9.1 7.0 6.9 7.3 7.3 6.8
Service Ceiling -feet 31350 42000 41900 41900 41900 41600
Fuel Capacity -US gal. 180 269 269 269 269 255
--with drop tanks 330 419 419 489 489 475
Combat Range -miles 750 810 955 950 950 755
-speed and altitude 300@10k 253@10k 397@25k 377@25k 377@25k 359@10k
Range w/drop tanks 2350 2200 2440 1855 1855 1530
-speed and altitude 228@ 244@ 249@ 280@20k 280@20k 243@10k
ARMAMENT
Machine guns 4x .50 cal 4x .50 cal 4x .50 cal 6x .50 cal 6x .50 cal 6x .50 cal
-Rounds available 1260 1260 1260 1880 1880 1880
-Bombs -lbs 2 x 500 2 x 1000 2 x 1000 2 x 1000 2 x 1000 2 x 1000
-or 5" Rockets . . . 10 10 10
Model P-51A P-51B P-51C P-51D P-51K P-51H