North American P-51 Mustang National origin United States Manufacturer north American Aviation First flight 26 October 1940 Introduction 1942 Status Retired from military service 1984, still in civil use Primary users United States Army Air Forces Royal Air Force Chinese Nationalist Air Force numerous others Number built More than 15,000 Unit cost US $50,985 in 1945 Variants North American A-36 Rolls-Royce Mustang Mk. X Cavalier Mustang Developed into North American F-82 Twin Mustang Piper PA-48 Enforcer Rolls-Royce Mustang Mk.X The North American P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts.
The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X air frame was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and, with an engine installed, first flew on 26 October.
North American P-51 Mustang
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