The P-51 story begins in 1940 when the British approached North American aviation to build a new fighter. North American agreed in January, 1940, and remarkably, by September the aircraft made its first flight. The D model, powered by a Packard-Merlin Rolls-Royce V-12 engine rated at 1490 horse power, was produced in the greatest numbers. It had a maximum speed of 437 miles per hour at 25,000 feet, and a combat range of 1000 miles. It had three 50 caliber machine guns in each wing with a service ceiling of 42,000 feet and was considered the best fighter of its time.
The original “Dakota Kid” was born in March of 1944 at Steeple Morden, England. The first “Dakota Kid” was a P-51 C model, and was later replaced by a D model, flown by Lieutenant Noble Peterson. As a member of the 355th Fighter Group of the 358th Fighter Squadron, his major mission was that of bomber escort. His crew chief, Robert Coleman, is a retired businessman living in Long Island, New York.
It is a great privilege to honor Captain Peterson, Sergeant Coleman, and all the veterans of World War II and subsequent conflicts.
|Registration Number||Date of Manufacture|
|North American P-51 “Mustang”||37 feet|
|Overall length:||Empty weight:|
|32 feet 3 inches||7125 pounds|
|Gross weight:||Fuel capacity:|
|Oil capacity||Engine type:|
|Single 1695 hp Packard Merlin V1650-7 V12 piston engine|
|Propeller type:||Max Speed|
|Rate of Climb||Cruise Speed|
|3,200 ft/min||235 mph|
|Service Ceiling||Number of Crew|
|Six .50 caliber wing mounted machine guns|
|Number Built||Number Surviving|
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