MiG Alley P-51 South Korea MiGMan: Combat Diary Air to Ground Napalm year: 1999 article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 There's mine - missed totally. Napalm was the weapon most feared by the North. A mixture of gasoline and detergent, it covered everything, including flesh, and caused horrific injuries. Thankfully flight sims spare us the "up close and personal" perspective of weapon effects.
MiG Alley P-51 South Korea year: 1999 article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 The P-51 Mustang was apparently known as the F-51 in the Korean War. What was one of the most formidable and effective air superiority machines in WW2 was, only 5 years later relegated mainly to a ground attack role. The jet age had begun.
North American proposed the P-51 to the RAF (not USAAF) in January 1940 and got the prototype contract 23 May 1940. A prototype was rolled out 102 days later (there had been preliminary design work for a year, but this was very fast!).
Mustangs and ground crew of No. 77 Squadron lined up on the tarmac at Iwakuni, Japan, waiting for an inspection. The Squadron arrived in Japan early in 1946 as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces, and in 1950 was committed to the war in Korea, initially using Mustangs, then later Gloster Meteors.
The P-51D, which I flew, was a very straightforward airplane in every way. By that I mean it wasn't difficult to fly or hard to handle, as long as you remembered a few basic things.
First and foremost, you never forgot for a minute that it could bite hard if you got careless.