North American P-51D Mustang
The North American P-51D Mustang is the “ULTIMATE” dogfighter and quickly dominated the skies over Europe during World War II. This magnificent warbird came along at the right time in history and helped turn the tide in a brutal air war against the Luftwaffe!
German pilots feared the North American P-51 Mustang and for good reason. She was the deadliest fighter in air and shot down 4,950 enemy aircraft while achieving a kill ratio of 11:1 making her the ACE of ACE’s! She entered service when she was needed most and was destined to become a LEGEND.
P-51 Mustang History – Great Planes – P 51 Mustang Documentary 3 of 17
The United States Army Air Force bombed Germany during the daylight hours while the British conducted their air raids at night. The Americans used their MIGHTY B-17 Super Fortress that had a 10 man crew and thought to be invincible to enemy fighter attacks. The B-17 did not need fighter escorts because they were heavily armed and could withstand an enemy attack, so they thought.
Luftwaffe pilots devastated B-17’s and the losses were horrific and unsustainable. This was a tragic miscalculation that cost the lives of thousands of American airmen. Fighter escorts were now a necessity or the air war would be lost! The problem was, there were no fighter planes with enough range to escort the bombers from England to Germany and back to England.
That was until the P-51 Mustang entered service in January 1943. Not only could she escort the bombers from England to Germany and back. She could also outclass any German frontline fighter in the air. The “LEGENDARY” Tuskeegee Airmen flew P-51 Mustangs and were assigned to escort B-17’s. Did you know? They NEVER lost a single B-17 to enemy fighters! NOT ONE!
P-51 Mustang Top Speed
The P-51 Mustang Top Speed was an impressive 437 mph and made her one of the fastest fighters during the war. She was powered by the British made Packard V-1650 Merlin engine. The P-51 first flew October 26, 1940 which was only 102 days after the contract was signed to design and build her!
The Mustang was originally designed to fly with the Allison V-1710 engine. After the first flight, engineers quickly realized that she was underpowered but her design was revolutionary. Because the RAF was in desperate need of aircraft, she was sent to the British despite the problem with the Allison V-1710 engine.
The P-51 Mustang first flew operationally for the RAF as a fighter-bomber (Mustang Mk I) and tactical-reconnaissance aircraft. The RAF replaced the Allison V-1710 with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. This resulted in the P-51B/C (Mustang Mk III) model and enhanced the Mustang’s performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, allowing the P-51 to outclass the Luftwaffe’s best frontline fighters.
A “LEGEND” was born and the Luftwaffe’s fate was sealed. The P-51 Mustang came along at the right time in history and the contribution she made helped turn the tide of the airway in Europe. This special airplane has rightfully earned her place in aviation history and will forever be known as the best dogfighter there ever was.
Many P-51 Mustangs Are Still Flying – P-51 Mustang Flybys! Warbirds 2017
In air shows all around the world, many P-51 Mustangs are still flying and are a sight to see! If you’re lucky, you can see the P-51 in all her glory at one of these airshows. It is an experience you’ll never forget and the sound of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine is incredible!
You are literally taken back in time when this amazing warbird ruled the skies and it can’t be appreciated enough unless you see this awesome machine in the sky yourself. I know that most of you out there have never seen the P-51 in person much less see it fly so I’ve got the next best thing for you.
Watch the MUST SEE video above and make sure your sound is turned all the way up. You are about to see the P-51 Mustang as she flies at an airshow in 2017. I hope you have a great speaker system hooked up because the sound of that Merlin engine is powerful and sounds exactly like it did when she served during the war.
This is the next best thing to being at the airshow so sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Just so you know, there are airshows like this all over the world. Always check your local listing for an upcoming event. You may have to drive hundreds of miles to see this magnificent bird. However, it’s an experience of a lifetime!
P-51 Mustang Cockpit
The P-51 Mustang Cockpit was designed with the fighter pilot in mind. Everything a fighter pilot needed was in designed into the cockpit as you can see in the illustration below. Early Mustangs did not have the bubble canopy. The canopy was similar to what you see on a T-6 Texan.
The pilots view was also restricted from being giving the pilot limited visibility. This all changed when they added the bubble canopy which gave the pilot a 360 degree unprecedented view. This was extremely important at the time because spotting your enemy first was the key to victory. There was no radar aboard fighter planes so you had to have your head on a swivel looking for enemy aircraft.
The P-51 Mustang was a fighter pilots dream and in the right hands was an unstoppable force over the unfriendly European skies. She was originally designed as a long range fighter/bomber but could perform a variety of roles. It was perfect for any mission it was asked to complete and exceeded all exceptions once she became operational. The Luftwaffe feared the Mustang and rightfully so. She was specifically designed to destroy the Luftwaffe.
History has been kind to the P-51 Mustang and those who flew her had a love affair only a fighter pilot could understand. She was a beautiful airplane that packed a mortal punch. Hermann Göring, the head of the Luftwaffe once said the war was lost as he watched P-51 Mustangs flying over Berlin. What a prophetic statement! He realized the war was lost years before the final shot was fired.
North American P-51D Mustang Discovery Channel Wings Documentary
The P-51 Mustang earned her place among the GREATEST airplanes of all time because of her performance in World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts around the world. It’s not very often in aviation history that an airplane like the P-51 Mustang comes along but when they do. They are destined to become legends and you’ll get to see how and why as you watch the Discovery Wings documentary above.
This is a MUST SEE documentary that will take you through the entire history of this legendary aircraft. You will be taken from concept and design to the air war over Europe as the P-51 Mustang made her contribution and into the history books. The P-51 Mustang did it her way and paved the way for the total destruction of the Luftwaffe and eventually the Nazi war machine. Never in the history of warfare has an aircraft contributed so much.
If you want to learn everything about the P-51 Mustang. You need to watch this AMAZING documentary. This is the best P-51 documentary there is. It was produced by the Discovery Wings Channel. Which they need to bring back by the way. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the video presentation as much as I did. I can watch this video over and over again. It never gets old!
Now that you’ve watched the documentary, what do you think? I’m sure you learned all kinds of things in the video but I think we can all agree that she was a special airplane. Even though her era is long gone. She still flies at air shows from time to time and in the MOST REALISTIC flight simulator game, Virtual Pilot 3D!
Fly P-51 Mustang
Travel back in time and fly in an era where guts and skill kept you from being blown out of the sky. Fly the LEGENDARY P-51 Mustang just like a real-life World War II pilot! Feel what it’s like to fly against the best fighter pilots in world and see if you have what it takes to fly another day!
To Fly P-51 Mustang NOW! All you have to do is click on the orange button below. You’ll be taken to Virtual Pilot 3D’s OFFICIAL webpage where you can fly this AWESOME machine. This airplane is modeled after the original P-51 Mustang so you are basically flying the real thing. Well, almost!
The P-51 Mustang is just one of over 200 airplanes and helicopters to choose from. You can fly everything from the 1903 Wright Flyer to the Space Shuttle Atlantis! Virtual Pilot 3D is the BEST flight simulator game you’ve never heard of and is NOT available in stores. If you are looking for the most realistic flying experience money can buy. Virtual Pilot 3D is the flight simulator for you!
Fly the North American P-51D Mustang by clicking on the button below now. You are moments away from a flight of a lifetime. I’ll see you on the next page pilot! If you have any comments or questions about the P-51 Mustang or Virtual Pilot 3D. Please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I land.
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