Shop More Submit  Join Login
×




Details

Submitted on
December 22, 2007
Image Size
168 KB
Resolution
1200×800
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
2,128
Favourites
33 (who?)
Comments
12
×
P-51D 112 Sqn RAF by WS-Clave P-51D 112 Sqn RAF by WS-Clave
The North American P-51 Mustang was designed for the RAF early in WW2. It entered combat service in 1942 and proved to be good at low altitude but lacking above 15,000 feet. The RAF's Fighter Development Unit fitted some Mustangs with Rolls Royce Merlin engines and it proved to be a stroke of genius - The Mustang was now faster than almost anything and could reach over 40,000 feet altitude. The USAF became interested, and North American began producing Mustangs with a Packard Merlin engine as a new fighter to escort bombers on long-range missions.

There were several modifications, and the final 'D' versions had a 'bubble' canopy for better visibility. The Mustang was armed with 6 x 12.7mm machine guns.

This example is a P-51D of 112 Squadron RAF, circa 1945.
Add a Comment:
 
:icontopgunsga:
TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Very nice work. In RAF service the P-51D was known as the Mustang Mk IV
Reply
:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Ah yes, I should have mentioned that.
Reply
:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Yay, a Mustang! The sleekest plane there is IMO. Your illustration shows that well :)
Reply
:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
:D thanks... I have lots of Mustangs, it's a great shape... ;)
Reply
:iconbriantk2003:
briantk2003 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
What is the reason this Mustang is in RAF service?
Reply
:icongulfkiller101:
GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
the Mustang was a request from the British Purchasing Commission, the first Mustang wasn't good, but the later ones were better, they were to supplement the Spitfires and Hurricanes
Reply
:iconbriantk2003:
briantk2003 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Thanks for the info
Reply
:icongulfkiller101:
GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
we needed as many fighters as we could lay our hands on!
Reply
:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
It's a good plane, and there were times when there was not enough Spitfires to round...
Reply
:iconbriantk2003:
briantk2003 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
I see. Did RAF used it as recon as I believe I heard they did?
Reply
Add a Comment: