North American P-51 Mustang. Photo. Characteristics.
North American P-51 Mustang. Photo. Characteristics.

North American P-51 Mustang. Photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine fighter

Crew: one pilot

The plane "Mustang» (Mustang) was the result of an agreement of the British company's procurement and of "North American" in April 1940 years on replacement fighter "Spitfire" of the new machine. The agreement stipulates that the US company is to build a prototype (modified according to the requirements of the UK), ready to fly through 120 days of signing the documents. Fortunately, "North American" started this work before the deal with the British.

Their plane NA-73X combines the experience gained as a result of air combat in Europe. The aircraft delivered three days before the required date, and subsequent tests soon confirmed the correctness of the chosen design. Aerobatic aircraft performance (received from the British name "Mustang» I) were excellent thanks to its wing polulaminarnym flow. But it soon became clear that the engine fighter V-1710 company "Allison" is losing power at altitudes of more than 5182 m in the absence of a turbocharger.

In this period of the war fighter fights took place at altitudes above 6100 m, where the thin air engine power is reduced, so the planes "Mustang» I RAF were equipped with cameras and tasks low-altitude tactical reconnaissance and army cooperation. The US Air Force is also aware that the plane "Mustang" fighter bad as above average height, ordered instead a small number of aircraft A-36 and R-51A of attack for ground targets. One plane A-36A and three aircraft P-51A still fly today in the United States.

Basic data


  • Length: 9,81 m
  • Wingspan: 11,29 m
  • Height: 3,72 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 2858 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 3901 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 628 km / h
  • Range: 724 km


Power point: V-1710-81 Companies "Allison"

Power: 1200 l. from. (1014 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • October 26, 1940


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • A and P-36A 51A