North American Aviation P51 Mustang and derivatives  WSS-5

North American Aviation P51 Mustang and derivatives

Product code WSS-5

North American Aviation

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Series Warpaint Specials No 5

Publisher/Brand Hall Park

Author Kev Darling

No. Pages 108

Version Soft cover

Language English

Category Books on aviation

Subcategory US » US Prop Aircraft

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North American Aviation's P-51 Mustang is right up there in the top echelon of fighter of the second world war. However, without the Britain's desperate need for fighter aircraft this iconic machine might never have existed. Although the first prototype was damaged after a ground loop during initial test flights it was quickly repaired. This airframe would be followed a further small batch of aircraft to extend the flight envelope and clear the installed weaponry. As the Mustang was garnering attention to itself courtesy of an outstanding performance and manoeuvrability it came as no surprise when the USAAC purloined an example for their own use. Deliveries to Britain would begin fairly quickly, the new fighter slotting into the fighter recon role, its only limitation being deprecated performance at high level due
to the version of engine installed in the airframe. Even so Mustang production ramped up with
deliveries taking place to the RAF and the USAAF. There was one diversion along the way that
produced the excellent A-36A Dive bomber. The best known model of the Mustang was the Merlin
powered P-51D/K series that gained fame in all the theatres it served in, becoming the long range escort
fighter of choice for bombing raids over Germany and Japan. Postwar the Mustang lingered on in USAF service having one last successful fling over Korea before retirement. This was not the end of the road for the Merlin powered P-51's as numerous airforces around the world would use them throughout the 1950's before they were finally traded in for jets. Nowadays the Mustang has become a favourite amongst the warbird community and in better times could be seen at various air shows around the world. This book is written by Kev Darling and is supported with artwork by John Fox.

 Author superb and respected Kev Darling
  Artwork by John Fox
  A massive 108 pages 
  Over 200 images some never seen before
  16 pages of Colour Profiles
  2 page scale Plans
  4 pages of detailed Aircraft used by various unit

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