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HISTORY & DISTINCTION

  • The Museum’s P-51D was manufactured in Dallas, Texas and delivered into service in late 1944. This aircraft has the soul of a racer. After serving with several Air National Guard units, in 1958 it went into private ownership.  In 1964, the aircraft was converted into an air racer.  It was a champion in a number of configurations, the last as “Red Baron” (where, in August 1979 it set the world speed record for piston-engines).  A devastating crash in September 1979 destroyed the aircraft.  But as testament to the interchangeability of Mustang parts, portions were salvaged and combined with parts from other Mustang variants to build this aircraft that still takes to the skies.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Flyable
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Year: 1944
Model: P-51D-25-NT Mustang
Registration Number: N7715C
Serial Number: 44-84961A (Tail Number # 413334)
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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