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HISTORY & DISTINCTION

  • The Museum’s P-51D was the 40th (of 200) P-51D-30 variant built in Dallas, Texas and delivered into service on July 26, 1945.  It went immediately into storage at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas.  In late 1947 it was assigned to the 31st Fighter Group (Turner Air Force Base, Albany, GA), serving with the Strategic Air Command until that unit transitioned to jet aircraft.  From March 1949 until December 1956, the aircraft served with Air National Guard units in Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia. The Museum acquired the aircraft in November 1957, making it the longest privately-held P-51D under the same owner.



SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Flyable
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Year: 1945
Model: P-51D-30-NT Mustang
Registration Number: N5441V
Serial Number: 45-11582
Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight: 11,600 lb.
Span: 37 ft. 1 in.
Length: 32 ft. 3 in.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in.
Maximum Speed: 437 mph
Cruise Speed: 362 mph
Rate of Climb: 3,200 ft/min
Power Plant: 1-1,695hp V-12 Packard Merlin V1650-7 liquid-cooled engine
Range: 950 miles
Service Ceiling: 41,900 ft.
Armament: Six 0.50-cal machine guns & provisions for two 500 lb. bombs

 

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