It was the fastest Mustang and one of the fastest piston fighters in the world. A total of 555 aircraft were built.
Predecessor: North American P-51D Mustang
Sucessor: North American FJ-1 Fury
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and, with an engine installed, first flew on 26 October