Ultimate P-51 Mustang Flyby: Not A Whistle But A Scream!
A Barrel Roll To A Screaming Finish
The P-51 Mustangs were developed by North American Aviation in the early 1940s. Used by America as a long-range fighter and fighter-bomber powered by an Allison V-1710 engine, it was a force to be reckoned with but had limited high-altitude performance. Throughout the war years, the P-51 went through many modifications, eventually ending up with a Packard V-1650-7 engine, which was two-stage and two-speed supercharged. With this improvement, the Mustang could now be competitive above 15,000 ft., allowing the Allies to establish air superiority against the Luftwaffe. This particular four prop Mustang was fitted with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine.
- During World War II, Mustang pilots shot down 4,950 enemy aircraft
- Mustangs stopped flying in formation and were told to simply fly and destroy enemy aircraft. As a result, the Luftwaffe lost 17% of its fighter pilots in less than two weeks
- Their original missions were to provide bomber support for planes like the B-17
As told by a German commander in 1944, ‘When I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up.” Right before the end of the war, Operation Jackpot began, with Mustangs flying over German airfields destroying whatever was left of the Luftwaffe’s planes. Although less effective during ground attacks, the Mustang was one of the Allies’ greatest plane.