North American P-51D-30-NA Mustang

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII.

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image is the cockpit on the P-51 Mustang.

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image is the cockpit on the P-51 Mustang.

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image is a wing on the P-51 Mustang.

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image are the fuselage on the P-51 Mustang.

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    North American P-51D Mustang

    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image are the nose on the P-51 Mustang.

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    North American P-51D Mustang

    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image are the propellers on the P-51 Mustang.

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image are the landing gear on the P-51 Mustang.

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image are the wing-mounted machine guns on the P-51 Mustang.

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    The P-51 Mustang was originally designed for the Royal Air Force. However, it became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. armed forces against Nazi Germany. The production process was efficient and quick; about 14,000 were built during WWII. Highlighted in this image are the vertical stabilizers on the P-51 Mustang.

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    North American P-51D Mustang

    Single-engine, low-wing, long-range fighter. 1,128 cm (444 in.), Length 983 cm (387 in.), Height 371 cm (146 in.), Weight 3,465 kg (7,635 lb)

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    The P-51 Mustang

    The P-51 Mustang became a long-range escort fighter for the U.S. Armed Forces against Nazi Germany.

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    North American P-51 Mustang in World War II Aviation

    The North American P-51 Mustang escorted high-altitude Allied bombers deep into Europe. It was used in escort, strafing, and photo-reconnaissance roles in every other major theater as well. This one never fought in the war, but it is displayed with the markings of 351st Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force.
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    North American P-51D Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the cockpit of the North American P-51D.

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    The Powerful and Fast P-51 Mustang

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Many people consider the P-51 Mustang the best fighter of World War II. Its combination of speed, range, maneuverability, and firepower gave it great versatility. Its use in all major theaters of the war included long-range high-altitude escort, strafing, and photo reconnaissance.

Originally developed by North American for the British, the Mustang was later ordered in large quantities by the U.S. Army Air Forces. This P-51 is displayed in the markings of the 351st Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group,Eighth Air Force.