North American P-51C-10NT Mustang
Photo by: Jim Raeder
SpecificationsBuilt Original construction 1942 Dallas, TX
Engine Rolls-Royce “Merlin” V-1650 724-1C Transport Series . Liquid cooled, fuel injected V-12 inline. 1800 hp @ 3000rpm
Propeller Hamilton Standard, 11’ 2” inch 4 blade (hydraulic)
- 4 ea. .50 Caliber Machine Guns
- 2 ea. 500 lb. Bombs
Length 32 feet
Height 13.67 feet
Wingspan 37 feet
Empty weight 6,985 lb
Max weight 11,800 lb
Range 1,900 miles with drop tanks. 1,180 miles internal tanks
Service Ceiling 41,800 ft
Max speed 439 mph @ 29,000 ft
The museum's P-51C is painted in the markings of Boise, ID native and 5 time WWII Fighter Ace Lt. Col Duane W. Beeson. The “Boise Bee” and Beeson flew in the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force in England.
A total of 1750 P-51C’s were built before moving production to the P-51D and subsequent variations.
Among one of the most famous fighters of World War II, the P-51 Mustang has its roots in both Britain and the USA. Originally overlooked by the USAAF, the P-51 did not see action with American forces until March 1943. Once its full potential had been developed, the U.S. realized that this aircraft had been ignored for far too long a time. With the forging of the American airframe with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, it would be unmatched by any other piston aircraft of World War II.
The museum’s P-51C was restored to flying condition and made it’s first post-restoration flight in 2010. This aircraft can been seen competing in the Reno Air Races.