North American Mustang

Mustang
One of the best-known P-51s on the circuit is 'Gunfighter': a -D model owned
and operated by the Commemorative Air Force that’s been flying shows for 35 years.
Photographer: Jim Koepnick


Specifications / Technical Data / Description

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Nicknamed:

‘Peter Flash Dash’ (P-FD) and ‘Spam Can’
(possibly 'Stang').
RAF
Manufacturer
North American Aviation
Designed by
Raymond Rice and Edgar Schmued
1939
Type
Long-range escort fighter
Crew
1
Propulsion
1 x liquid-cooled V-12 piston engine
with 2-stage mechanically-driven supercharger
Engine Model
Packard V-1650-7
(licence-built Rolls-Royce Merlin 61)
Engine Power
1,029 kW (1,1193 kW maximum)
1,380 hp (1,600 hp)
Max level speed
703 km/hr at 9,144 m
437 mph mph at 30,000 ft
Cruising speed
636 km/hr at 7,620 m
325 mph at 25,000 ft
Climb rate
1,070 metres per minute
3,510 feet per minute
Service Ceiling
12,771 m
41,900 ft
Range
1,529 km - combat range

2,092 km - range with drop tanks

3,347 km - absolute range to dry (tanks)

950 miles

1,300 miles

2,080 miles

Empty Weight
3,232 kg
7,125 lbs
Max. Takeoff Weight
5,262 kg
11,600 lbs
Wing Span
11.28 m
37 ft 0 in
Wing Area
21.7 m²
234 ft²
Length
9.83 m
32 ft 3 in
Height
2.64 m
8 ft 8 in
Armament

6 x 0.5in Browning M3 machine guns

2 x 1,000-lb bombs

1100 rounds per minute
velocity: 762 metres per sec (2,500 ft/sec)

or drop tanks

wing-mounted

wing racks
Data for version
P-51 D Mustang
First combat mission
October 1940
Final delivery (all variants)
November 1945
Total production
15,586
ICAO Code
P51

Production Versions

RAF Mustangs: P-51A, P-51B, P-51C, P-51D, P-51K, P-51H

Australian Mustangs: CA-17/18