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P-51D Netherlands 1 by WS-Clave P-51D Netherlands 1 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, and was also adapted for ground-attack with rockets and bombs being carried in the Korean War and later in Central America.
The P-51 was known as the F-51 when it was exported in large numbers and the end of WW2. The Mustang was used extensively well after then, by many air forces, with some being on active service until 1984!

This example is a P-51D of 120 Squadron Netherlands Air Force circa 1949.
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
:dance:
How could I ignore this one?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Ah, yes.. thanks! :D
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
I always felt a little =_= about the Dutch air force emblem, but on the '51 it doesn't look that bad...
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
I think so too..
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zJoriz Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Btw, the little holes in the little metal place, under the nose... are they out of the center for a purpose, or did you shift them accidentally? :D
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Ahh.. I don't know.. I think it may be an accident...
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