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The P-51 is an American fighter introduced in 1942.

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Why does camouflage make some planes fly slower?

Why does camouflage decrease some airplanes' speed? I have noticed that some planes fly slower with camouflage than without it. For example, when the RAF applied camo on the P-51 Mustang, they noticed ...
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What is the difference between a P-51 Mustang and an A-36 Apache?

Both were made by North American Aviation and the planes were almost twins - the A-36 having a ground attack role while the P-51 was a fighter. Are there any noticeable differences between the two?
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What did the “gear warning horn” on the North American P-51 sound like?

I'm working on a sound project for a P51 simulation and I'm having real trouble trying to find a reference on how the P51 gear warning horn sounded like. What mechanisms were used in the '40s to make ...
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Does an aircraft with higher aspect ratio wings produce more wingtip vortices in a turn than one with lower aspect ratio wings?

The Ta-152H was well-known for having very high-aspect ratio wings: 8.94, if I'm not mistaken. Now, compare this to the P-51 which had, if I'm not mistaken, an aspect ratio of 5.86. Does this mean ...
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Why is the horizontal stabilizer forward of the vertical stabilizer on the P-51?

Why is the horizontal stabilizer forward of the vertical stabilizer on a P-51? Are there other airplanes that are like this?
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Can a P51 outrun an missile? [closed]

No explanation needed, can a P-51 Mustang outrun a missile?
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What is this “No Hand Hold” thing in the P-51 Mustang cockpit?

Does Anybody remember Combat Flight Simulator WW2 Europe Series ? In the P-51, there is a "something" with "No hand hold" text on top of it What is that ? Image source
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Why does the P-51 Mustang takes so much altitude to recover from a spin?

From this answer, it appears that the P-51 Mustang takes a lot of altitude to recover from a spin. The average is a 3000 feet to 6000 feet loss, with a loss of up to 7500 feet in one instance. The ...
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Does it really take 9000 feet to recover from a spin in a P-51 Mustang?

I was a bit surprised to hear from this P-51 pilot (9:33 into the video) that the Mustang requires 9000 feet to recover from a spin. This seems high to me. The Mustang POH does not confirm this, but ...
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Why was the P-51 Mustang not adopted by the U.S. Navy?

I've heard from many WWII aviation hobbyists and WWII vets that the P-51 was essentially the pinnacle of U.S. piston-engine fighter design; it was fast, maneuverable, long-range, well-armed, allowed ...
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How many versions of the P-51 dorsal fin fillet are documented?

How many different versions of the P-51 Mustang DFF are there?