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P-51B GB 112 Sqn 1 by WS-Clave P-51B GB 112 Sqn 1 by WS-Clave
The North American P-51 Mustang was designed for the RAF early in WW2. It entered combat service in 1942.

Fitting Mustangs with the Rolls Royce Merlin engine made a good fighter into a great one, and with the addition of drop-tanks the allies had the long-range escort fighter they needed so badly.

The Mustang 'B' was armed with 4 x 12.7mm machine guns, and could also carry drop-tanks or bombs.

This example is a P-51B (Mustang III) of 112 Squadron RAF circa 1945.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Looks amazingly sleek from this angle. The added stabilizing fin (which I suspect was retrofitted?) helps.
That radio equipment looks heavy btw ^_^

Thanks for bringing this one to us :thumbsup:
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Thanks :)

The fin modification was added to prevent failure of the tail structure in combat...

Yep, those old valve radio sets were very heavy indeed...
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I thought the fin modification improved the airflow around the tail, making the plane less prone to spins?
"Early P-51D-5s lacked the dorsal fin fillet (...) The dorsal appendage was designed to correct minor directional stability problems encountered with the P-51B" -- Jerry Scutts, Mustang Aces of the Eight Air Force

Maybe you're still right though. It certainly does look more sturdy, and more pretty in my opinion ^_^
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
There were a number of directional issues with the P-51B/C when they enlarged the fuel tank, but it was stability AND structure that needed fixing - I could have made it clearer though lol:

"Despite these modifications, the P-51Bs and P-51Cs, and the newer P-51Ds and P-51Ks, experienced low-speed handling problems that could result in an involuntary "snap-roll" under certain conditions of air speed, angle of attack, gross weight, and center of gravity. Several crash reports tell of P-51Bs and P-51Cs crashing because horizontal stabilizers were torn off during maneuvering. As a result of these problems, a modification kit consisting of a dorsal fin was manufactured. One report stated:

"Unless a dorsal fin is installed on the P-51B, P-51C and P-51D airplanes, a snap roll may result when attempting a slow roll. The horizontal stabilizer will not withstand the effects of a snap roll. To prevent recurrence, the stabilizer should be reinforced in accordance with T.O. 01-60J-18 dated 8 April 1944 and a dorsal fin should be installed. Dorsal fin kits are being made available to overseas activities"
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Can't withstand snap rolls? Damn, my favorite move!
(Just kidding)

Anyway, thanks for the info :)
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
It's surprising how good the Mustang looks with a Sharkmouth
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Yeah, I don't know how it came about but 112 Sqn loved doing this - they did a lot on their P-40s and later Mustangs too... B-)
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
AFAIK they copied the sharkmouth from the Bf 110's of ZG 26

These pages are very useful

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The second one shows that 112 Squadron also used the sharkmouth on their Vampires, Sabers and Hunters
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Interesting, thanks! :)
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
No problem
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