First flying in October 1940, The North American P-51 Mustang was American fighter aircraft developed by the North American Aviation Company between 1940-1945. The P-51 became one the most successful fighter aircraft of the Second World War. With over 15,000 built, The P-51 served with many air forces at the time including the USAAF, RAF & the Royal Canadian Air Force.
From late 1943, P-51Bs and P-51Cs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF's Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF's Second Tactical Air Force and the USAAF's Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also used by Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean, Italian and Pacific theaters. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed to have destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft.
At the start of the Korean War, the Mustang, by then redesignated F-51, was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighters, including North American's F-86, took over this role; the Mustang then became a specialized fighter-bomber. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After the Korean War, Mustangs became popular civilian warbirds and air racing aircraft.
This kit represents the F-51 Mustang in 1952 USAF, 1951 RAF & 1949 Swedish Air Force Colours including USAF, RAF & SAF decals.
This kit comes in moulded grey plastic. Construction & Painting is required
We recommend the use of Deluxe Plastic Kit Glue when building this kit
|No. of Parts||147|
|Era||Korean War 1950-1953|