P-51D Mustang “Miss America”
The P-51 Mustang, “Miss America” will be on display. 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. The aircraft was purchased in 1958 from the military. In 1969, the aircraft was painted in its current paint scheme to honor the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. It races at the Reno Air Races in Nevada and has won place numerous times. The aircraft is based in Oklahoma.
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:
Engines: Packard V-1650 “Merlin”
Wingspan: 32 feet
Length: 37 feet
Height: 8 feet, 8 inches
Maximum Speed: 425 mph
Combat Range: 1,155 nautical miles
Gross Weight: 12,100 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 269 Gallons