P-51 MUSTANG - ANDREW MCKENNA
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American made long-range, single-seat, fighter aircraft primarily engaged in service during World War II. The aircraft was designed and built by North American Aviation. The first Mustangs were used by the Royal Air Force as tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighterbombers. Toward the end of 1943, P-51Bs were employed by the U.S. Air Force as bomber escorts in air raids over Germany and as fighter-bombers by allied forces. The P-51 was also in service with Allied air forces in the North Africa, the Mediterranean, Italy, and Japan.
When the Korean War began, the Mustang was the United Nation’s primary choice of fighters until the fighter role was shouldered by jet fighters. With the popularity of jet fighters on the rise, the Mustang was converted into a specialty groundattack fighter-bomber and remained in air forces around the
world until the 1980s.
The P-51 is powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series two-stage two-speed supercharged engine. This engine made this aircraft capable of being used as a long-range bomber escort. During wartime the aircraft was armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning
After World War II and the Korean War, many of these aircraft were converted for civilian use and are a popular choice in the air racing industry. The Mustang earned such revere and experienced so much popularity that in the 1960s, the Ford Motor Company designed a youthful coupe and named it after the aircraft.
This P-51 Mustang will fly as part of the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and will also do a sol demonstration flown by Andrew McKenna.