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P-51D Mustang Yeager signed 

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Executive Series AP51DCYT
P-51D Mustang Yeager signed

Historical Note:




Charles Elwood Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020) was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot who in 1947 became the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.

This collectible model P-51D Mustang represents the ultimate in long-range fighter development in World War II, the aircraft that was finally able to escort bombers from bases in England to targets deep in Germany. This 1/48-scale model P-51D Mustang makes a great pilot gift, or a present for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff. This iconic American aircraft of World War II, which also served in combat in Korea, actually began as a British aircraft. Designed and flown in just 178 days in response to a British proposal for a fighter-bomber. British officials wanted North American Aviation to build the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk under license, but NAA President James ÒDutch Kindelburger persuaded them that his company could build a new, better design in less time. The NA-73 project featured two innovations: an efficient laminar-flow wing developed by the National Advisory Committee of Aeronautics, and a radiator design that used exiting hot air to provide a modicum of additional thrust. The XP-51 showed good performance at low altitudes, and the British government placed orders for several hundred of the fighters. In 1942, the Army Air Forces placed an order for 320 P-51As, as well as orders for a dive bomber variant, the A-36. Also in 1942, the Mustang received the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and the results were magic. High altitude performance exceeded expectations, with the Merlin-powered Mustang topping 440 mph in tests. The Mustang was taking off and with the addition of long-range tanks, the P-51 proved to be the answer to the Army Air Forces need for a fighter with the range to accompany bombers all the way to their targets deep in Germany. The definitive version of the Mustang, the P-51D, featured a bubble canopy, six .50-caliber machine guns, and a range of 1,650 miles. Top speed was 437 mph. The Mustang continued in service following World War II, operating as a fighter-bomber in Korea. The Mustang is a popular airframe for air racing, and restored versions are a common sight at air shows.

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  1. Best Buy Product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Dec 2020

    Best price on the market. Some websites listed double the Aiken's price.
    Order to delivery was within a week and this was a couple of weeks before Christmas.
    A big, beautiful model and it's signed by Yeager with a COA.
    Outstanding packaging with padded inner box and second outer box. NO damage after handling by Fedex gorillas.
    I have high standards and I was extremely satisfied with this purchase.
    This is an outstanding deal for the customer. Buy NOW from Aiken's before they're out of stock.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!