P-51D Mustang “Cincinnati Miss”
“Cincinnati Miss”, a P-51D, will be on display at this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show. The P-51 will be traveling from Batavia, a suburban area of Cincinnati. The P-51 was a “game changer” for WWII as the Mustang provided critical escort for bombers. The maneuverable Mustang is fast and was a proven champ in dogfights with German fighters.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The P-51 is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War!
- It was designed and built in just 117 days!
- The Mustang first flew with the Royal Air Force as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft!
- The P-51 was in service with Allied air forces in Europe and saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War.
- The Mustang was initially the main fighter during the Korean War, but jet fighters such as the F-86 quickly changed its role!
- The P-51 has 4,950 air kills and 4,131 ground kills!
- The P-51D version was the most widely produced version of the P-51 with nearly 9,600 produced!
P-51D Mustang FAST FACTS:
Engine: Packard V-1650 “Merlin”
Wingspan: 37 feet
Length: 32 feet
Height: 8 feet, 8 inches
Max Speed: 425 mph
Combat Range: 1,155 nautical miles
Gross Weight: 12,100 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 269 gallons