The American P-51D Mustang is one of the best-known fighters of World War II. The Mustang’s high performance, range and excellent flying qualities soon became legendary.
maxFlite is offering this special aircraft as a “Gardenfighter” painted in the markings of pilot Lieutenant Colonel John D. Landers’ “Big Beautiful Doll”. Like all maxFlite models, the Mustang was designed with great attention to detail. Every detail of the fighter’s largely natural metal finish has been faithfully transferred to the model. Order your maxFlite P-51D Mustang „Gardenfighter“ today.
[wingspan: 40 cm; length: 40 cm; mass: 500 g approx.]
Facts & Figures
- Specific maxFlite model: P-51D-20-NA, serial number 44-72218 Big Beautiful Doll, flown by Lt Col John D. Landers during his time with the 78th Fighter Group, 84th Fighter Squadron.
- The P-51 Mustang was manufactured by North American Aviation, a company founded in 1928 and bought by Boeing in 1996. Other well-known aircraft by North American Aviation include the AT-6 Texan trainer, the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber, as well as the F-86 Sabre and F-100 Super Sabre jet fighters.
- American pilot Lt Col John D. Landers is credited with 14.5 aerial victories and the destruction of 20 enemy aircraft on the ground.
- The Mustang truly became a success when it was fitted with a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12, built under license in the US by Packard as the V-1650.
- Approximately 8,000 of the ‘D’-type P-51 Mustang were produced from 1944.
- The Mustang’s maximum range was 3,300 km (2,050 miles) with external tanks, more than any other Allied single-engine fighter by far.
- The North American P-51 Mustang was the first production aircraft designed with laminar flow wings. These airfoils generated particularly low aerodynamic drag.
- The chief engineer in the construction of the Mustang was Edgar O. Schmued, born in 1899 in Hornbach, Germany.