Feb 212012
 
Rocket-Boosted North American P-51D Mustang (1945)

The gallery above reproduces “Flash Performance of the P-51D Airplane Equipped with Acid Aniline Rocket Motor,” a test report of The Air Proving Ground Command at Eglin Field, Florida dated October 3, 1946. The object of the tests was to determine the operational suitability of the P-51D airplane equipped with an acid-aniline rocket motor. Two P-51D-25 […]

Jun 132011
 
North American P-51D Mustang with Unusual 150 Gallon Ferry Tanks

This project was activated at the request of AAF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 1944. The object of the tests was to determine the safe ferry range of the P-51D airplane. The airplane used for this test was a P-51D-20 equipped with a standard PD-18A1 carburetor. Standard P-51B 150 gallon auxiliary tanks were […]

May 152011
 
Early Photo Reconnaissance P-51 Mustang (1943)

In the early stages of WW II, the need for a fast, maneuverable low level photographic airplane had been stressed by Army Air Force Ground-Air Support Command, resulting in the study of the feasibility of a photographic installation in the P-51. This study was conducted at the North American Aviation Corporation, Inglewood, California, and a […]