North American Mustang

Specifications / Technical Data / Description



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 over 35 years.
Photographer: Jim Koepnick

RAF Nicknamed: ‘Peter Flash Dash’ (P-Fiftyone-D), 'Stang', and ‘Spam Can’
Manufacturer North American Aviationusa
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 (1,380 hp) 1,1193 kW (1,600 hp) maximum
Max level speed 636 km/hr at 7,620 m (325 mph at 25,000 ft)
Cruising speed 1,070 metres per minute (3,510 feet per minute)
Initial climb rate 1,070 metres per minute (3,510 feet per minute)
Service Ceiling 11,125 metres (36,500 feet)
Range 1,529 km (950 miles) - combat range
2,092 km (1,300 miles) - range with drop tanks
3,347 km (2,080 miles) - absolute range to dry (tanks)
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 wing-mounted
1100 rounds per minute velocity: 762 metres per sec (2,500 ft/sec)
2 x 1,000-lb bombs on wing racks
OR drop tanks
Data for version P-51 D Mustang
First combat mission 10 May 1942
Final delivery (all variants) November 1945
Total production 15,586
ICAO Code P51
Production Variants RAF Mustangs: P-51A, P-51B, P-51C, P-51D, P-51K, P-51H
Australian Mustangs: CA-17/18