The North American P-51 Mustang
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A P-51D Mustang

A P-51D mixing it up with a Focke-Wulf 190

A Mustang and a Marine Corps F-8 Bearcat

A P-51D: Gunfighter

Another P-51D: Moonbeam McSwine

(Photo courtesy Claude Spears)

The powerplant of the P-51D, a Rolls-Royce "Merlin" V-12

(Photo courtesy Robert Myers)

Another shot of the Rolls "Merlin"

The first incarnation of the Mustang; a P-51A

(Photo courtesy David Stafford)

Another P-51D: Man-O-War

The Mustang in its primary role: escorting a B-17 Flying Fortress.
The Mustang was the first fighter capable of escorting bombers over Berlin.
(Photo courtesy Jon S. Berndt)

Another view of "Gunfighter": Note the open cowl flaps.

(Photo courtesy Jon S. Berndt)

A cutaway view of a P-51D

Two Mustangs in low-level formation

(Photo courtesy Ronald Myers)

Mustangs Taxiing Out in Formation

(Photo courtesy Ronald Myers)

A P-51B Mustang. This one is "Shangri-La",

the plane of 4th Fighter Group ace Don Gentile
(Photo courtesy Ronald Myers)

The P-82, the "Twin Mustang".

(Photo courtesy Ronald Myers)

Captain Henry Ankeny of the 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group
(Photo courtesy David Buckingham)

Captain Ankeny in front of his Mustang
(Photo courtesy David Buckingham)

A Mustang on display at an airshow

A nonstandard paint job; a racing Mustang

Another racing 'Stang, this one sponsored by Penzoil

Painting of a P-51B

Painting of Mustang bearing the markings of the Tuskeegee Airmen

A vintage photo of a P-51B in combat paint

On combat patrol; aircraft from the 334th, 335th, and 336th Fighter Squadrons

One of the chief adversaries of the Mustang in the early days of the war, the Messerschmidt Bf 109. The Bf 109 was wholly outclassed by the Mustang.

As the bombers plod towards their targets, their escorting Mustangs fly lazy S curves overhead. With this formidable protection, it became suicide for a Luftwaffe pilot to attack an American bomber formation.

The Focke-Wulf 190, the successor to the Bf 109, which was capable of matching the P-51A. Unfortunately, they had to deal with the greatly improved P-51B's, with which it could not compete.

An A-36, the dive-bomber variant of the Mustang. It was basically a P-51A with hardpoints under the wings and dive brakes.

The photo-reconnaissance variant of the Mustang, the F6. Note the opening for the camera in the rear portion of the national insignia.

A gun camera view of a Bf 109 taking hits.

An idyllic view of the Mustang

A Mustang waiting on the ramp in Europe

A P-51K at a British airbase during the winter of 1944-45

A P-51A of the 1st ACG over Burma

A P-51D in the service of the Chinese Nationalist Air Force

A Mustang having its hydraulics system checked out

A Mustang of the 4th Fighter Group gets an overhaul

A map depicting the distance from the Army Air Forces bases. With a range greater than the largest circle, P-51's from the 8th Air Force in England and the 15th Air Force in Italy could strike any target in Europe.

A Me 410 crew being sorely treated by a Mustang driver. The crew bailed out shortly after the taking of this photograph.

"When strafing, 20 feet above the ground was 'too high.'" When not protecting bombers, the Mustangs were free to destroy all targets of opportunity, including trains, convoys, and airfields. Here, a Mustang strafes Luftwaffe aircraft on the ramp.

The fighters of the Eighth Air Force. In the center, a P-51D, flanked by a "B" model Mustang and a P-47 Thunderbolt.

These Mustangs prepare to depart on the long trip escorting B-29 Stratofortresses to Japan from this coral airfield at Iwo Jima.

With the war finished, the AAF felt no need to keep all its Mustangs, so many were scrapped, such as these P-51s which are being melted down.

The afterburning successor to the Mustang, the P-80 Shooting Star

Two Mustangs start their takeoff roll, circa D-Day

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