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P-51C Mustang - Princess Elizabeth, 43-25147, United Kingdom, 1944 

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P-51C Mustang - Princess Elizabeth, 43-25147, United Kingdom, 1944
World War II

Historical Note:


Designed to meet an RAF requirement for fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-51 Mustang was first flown on October 26th, 1940. This versatile aircraft was capable of escorting bombers on long-range missions, engaging in dogfights, and dropping down to destroy German targets on the ground. At least eight versions of the P-51 were produced, but it was the definitive P-51D that gave the Mustang its classic warbird appearance. Britain and the US both tested the airframe with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, which gave the aircraft tremendous performance gains. The Truman Senate War Investigating Committee called the Mustang "the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence."

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What made the P-51 Mustang so special? (12:47)
In 1940, Britain was fighting for its life against the Luftwaffe. British aircraft manufacturers couldn't keep up with the huge orders placed by the British Government. So they turned to American manufacturers like Curtiss and North American. Eventually, North American came forward with their own design for a brand new aeroplane. The prototype was brought to the Air Fighting Development Unit (AFDU) at what is now IWM Duxford. It had great potential with a low-drag fuselage and laminar flow wing. But the Allison V12 engine which powered the aircraft struggled above 15,000 ft. So the AFDU decided to try the aircraft with a Rolls Royce Merlin instead. That aircraft became one of the greatest fighters of the Second World War - the P-51 Mustang. The P-51 could fly and fight with British and American bombers all the way to Berlin and back again. Its range was so large that it even began to replace British Spitfires towards the end of the war. On their way back from escort duty Mustangs would also take out targets of opportunity like enemy trucks, barges, and trains. By 1944 the Allies had air superiority over Western Europe, thanks in part to the Mustang. See our Mustangs up close! Visit IWM Duxford: https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford Find out how the Second World War was fought from the air: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-the-second-world-war-was-fought-from-the-air See the full list of archive films used in this video, available for licensing and downloading: https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/c/2571 War in the Air book: https://shop.iwm.org.uk/p/26905/War-In-The-Air---The-Second-World-War-in-Colour
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  1. Outstanding release 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Sep 2023

    This latest release is a cracking example of Hobby Master's P-51 B/C Mustang. The detail, finish and paint are excellent. I was a bit apprehensive about the blue paint on the nose being too light, but when compared to photos online and the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends publication from 2007, it appears to be very close to the real thing. Although I do not collect air show warbirds, it was so fetching, that it was a must have. Worth the purchase, especially during Aiken's Airplanes labor day sale. Aiken's delivery was prompt, and well packaged to avert damage. Outstanding service, as usual.