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In a history is not fighter, equal to a multi-purpose Mustang. P-51 perfectly work in a role long-range exort fighter, fighter - bomber, the reconnaissance aircraft, an airplane of air support and dive bomber, and also was a success as the service transport machine (Cross Country and Pulon Racer).
To begin the present great warplane, association of engine Rolls-Royce Merlin with a glider of the Mustang was required.
Life P-51B began at the end of 1942 as two prototype XP-51B, with engine V-1650-3.
Increase of flight performances appeared rather essential. Speed about 627,5 km/h on P-51A has been increased up to 709,6 km/h on P-51B. Now USAAF had the machine which could be compared under similar flight performances to last models Bf.109 and Fw.190. Manufacture of an airplane began at the end of 1942.
P-51B (C)-1, 5 and 10 were supplied with engine Rolls-Royce Merlin V-1650-3, and series 15, 5, 10 and 11 it was established V-1650-7. Maximum speed on 7620 m was within of 706 km/h.
The armament has consistent of four 12,7-mm of machine guns with an approximate unit of fire of 1300 cartridges. Two bomb crutch have been designed for the suspension of 227-kg of a bomb or an expendable fuel tank in capacity from 284 up to 568 l everyone. Range made 2092 km.
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