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THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - P-51D, K MUSTANG IV, IVA
 
 

Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 1,590 hp Packard V-1650-7 piston engine
Speed: 703 kph, 437mph mph
Range: 950km, 1 529miles
Seats: 1
Length: 9.83m, 32ft 3in
Span: 11.29m, 0.5ft 0.5in
Empty Weight: 3 232kg, 7,125lb
Max T/O Weight: 5 262kg, 11,600lb
Period of Service: 1944 - 1945

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
None specified

Attrition:
No incidents found

P-51D, K Mustang IV, IVA

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: North American
Country of Manufacture: United States
Role: Fighter/Bomber
 
Description:

The Mustang IV and IVA  served with 5 Squadron during world War II, flying escourt and ground attack missions in Italy and Yugoslavia.

The squadron converted to the Mustang Mk III in Italy during September 1944, having previously flown Kittyhawks. The unit later received the Mustang  Mk IV, with which it flew until the end of hostilities.

The surviving Mustangs were handed back at the end of the war. 

Armament:
Six 0.5 in (12.7 mm) machine-guns, plus up to two 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs or six 5 in (127 mm) rocket projectiles.


Images:

P-51Ds of 5 Sqn during WW!!. North American Mustangs of 5 Squadron SAAF based at Cervia, Italy, flying along the northern Italian coast. Five Mark IVs are accompanied by a single Mark III at the rear. Three view.