In a history is not fighter, equal to a multi-purpose Mustang.
P-51 perfectly work in a role long-range exort fighter, fighter - bomber, the reconnaissance aircraft, an airplane of air support and dive bomber, and also was a success as the service transport machine (Cross Country and Pulon Racer).
To begin the present great warplane, association of engine Rolls-Royce Merlin with a glider of the Mustang was required.
Life P-51B began at the end of 1942 as two prototype XP-51B, with engine V-1650-3.
Increase of flight performances appeared rather essential.
Speed about 627,5 km/h on P-51A has been increased up to 709,6 km/h on P-51B.
Now USAAF had the machine which could be compared under similar flight performances to last models Bf.109 and Fw.190.
Manufacture of an airplane began at the end of 1942.
P-51B (C)-1, 5 and 10 were supplied with engine Rolls-Royce Merlin V-1650-3, and series 15, 5, 10 and 11 it was established V-1650-7.
Maximum speed on 7620 m was within of 706 km/h.
The armament has consistent of four 12,7-mm of machine guns with an approximate unit of fire of 1300 cartridges.
Two bomb crutch have been designed for the suspension of 227-kg of a bomb or an expendable fuel tank in capacity from 284 up to 568 l everyone.
Range made 2092 km.
|Wing span, m
|Allison V-1710-81, hp
|Maximum speed, km/h
|Service ceiling, m
|Service range, km
|4 X 12.7-mm machine guns in wing, one bomb under rear fuselage, kg
- "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
- "American Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/