The outstanding U.S. land-based fighter of the World War II era was the P-51 Mustang. North American Aviation produced 14,819 Mustangs during the war, including photo (F-6) and attack (A-36) variants. The efficacy of the design led to development of the postwar F-82 Twin Mustang—essentially two P-51s “glued together”—with 272 being produced. And, in 1967, the Air Force ordered “remanufactured” Mustangs from Cavalier Aircraft Corp. for foreign transfer; these aircraft were “delivered as virtually new aircraft in the contemporary markings of the U.S. Air Force with 1967 serial numbers.”1
Historic Aircraft - Ever Hear of the Sea Horse?
Ever Hear of the Sea Horse?P-51D MUSTANG Type: FighterCrew: PilotMax weight: 12,100 poundsEngines: 1Merlin V-1650-7 in-line; 1,450 hpLength: 32 feet, 3 inchesWingspan: 37 feet ¼ inchWing area: 233 square feetHeight: 13 feet, 8 inchesMax. speed: 437 mph at 25,000 feetRange: 2,300 miles with 2 drop tanksCeiling: 41,900 feetArmament: 6 .50-caliber machine guns + bombs and rockets in place of drop tanks
By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet