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P-51D USAAF 363FS 1 by WS-Clave P-51D USAAF 363FS 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.

This example is a P-51D of the 363rd Fighter Squadron, circa 1945.
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13aceofspades13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
WOW... this is going on my favorites.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Glad you like it :D
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LastBlackDragon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
heh, probably one of the most well known mustangs x3
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Oh yes, no Mustang collection would be complete without it...
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htfshimmer Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
The good ol P-51, And Bud's, he was a great fighter.
I love this one probably the most!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Yeah, I like this and 'American Beauty' a lot
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WillMoyer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Hey, back then wasn't it called the USAAC? not the USAF?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
You are right, I didn't realise they changed so late - it was 1947....

* Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps 1 August 1907 - 18 July 1914
* Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps 18 July 1914 - 20 May 1918
* Division of Military Aeronautics 20 May 1918 - 24 May 1918
* U.S. Army Air Service 24 May 1918 - 2 July 1926
* U.S. Army Air Corps 2 July 1926 - 20 June 1941**
* U.S. Army Air Forces 20 June 1941 - 18 September 1947**
* United States Air Force 18 September 1947 - Present
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Sandwich-Anomaly Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah the good ol' mustang... i kinda missed these things back in battlefield 1942, but those were a different kind...
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darthpandanl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW Good job!
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