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I recognize it but can't recall the name, if anyone can tell me that would be great.

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    $\begingroup$ Well I MUS say, DANG, I just can't recall what airplane that is-- $\endgroup$ Jan 25 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ Google "American WW2 fighters" or something like that and you'll soon know the answer-- $\endgroup$ Jan 25 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ @quiet flyer, this is the very definition of low hanging fruit! Someone will answer this. And score a few points... ;) $\endgroup$ Jan 25 at 17:26
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    $\begingroup$ P.S. @warwizard57, sorry to tease, but your handle doesn't match the question. Because if you truly were a war wizard you would know that this is only the most ubiquitous and popular fighter of its era. Instantantly recognizable by most aviation buffs, it has since dominated air racing, and been reproduced in many smaller scale home built aircraft. $\endgroup$ Jan 25 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ sorry just realized the pun after some thought, my specialty is ground armor in WWII, I don't do well in the aviation department $\endgroup$ Jan 25 at 17:38
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This is a P-51D Mustang. The main clue for the "D" model is the bubble canopy.

To identify it as a P-51:

It has D-day paint stripes, which means it is not an obscure prototype of some other American fighter design.

It has a belly-mounted cooling air scoop, square rudder, wingtip and elevator tip profiles, and an induction air inlet under the prop spinner- which all distinguish it from the P-40, along with the bubble canopy.

It has a 4-blade prop, which distinguishes it from the P-39.

It has the engine in the nose and no cannon firing through the prop spinner, which distinguish it from the P-39 and the P-63.

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  • $\begingroup$ … not only probably, but certainly! $\endgroup$ Jan 25 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ It would be great to improve this answer with the detail which identifies it as a D model (And a P-51 in general) $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jan 25 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Jamiec, will edit. -NN $\endgroup$ Jan 25 at 17:58

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