The P-51 will always be remembered as the fighter that won the air war in Europe. The P-51 doesn't have as much punch as the P-47 and isn't as rugged; however, it's both substantially faster and more maneuverable. The P-51 was a decent jet-killer, having downed Me-262s in Europe and even a MiG-15 in Korea.

Unmatched in terms of speed and combat radius, the P-51 can escort bombers all the way to Berlin. Without drop tanks, the P-51 is reasonably maneuverable, especially at higher speeds. It bleeds speed pretty quickly in a turning fight, so it should be used primarily in the hit-and-run role, saving its turning capability to finish off the adversary at the end of a fight. The P-51D packs a little more punch, carrying six .50 cal guns compared to the P-51C's four. Additionally, and possibly more important, the P-51D features a "bubble canopy," greatly increasing rear visibility.

North American P-51B Mustang (View Cockpit)

Wingspan: 37 ft. 0 in.
Length: 32 ft. 3 in.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in.
Wing Area: 233 sq. ft.
Engine: Rolls-Royce/Packard Merlin V-1650-3 rated at 1,600 hp
Fuel: 270 gal. internal
Loaded Weight: 9,690 lb.
Wing Loading: 41 lb./sq. ft.
Maximum Speed: 439 mph.
Service Ceiling: 42,000 ft.
Rate of Climb: 3,500 ft./min
Combat Radius: 450 miles
Armaments: 4 x .50 cal. Browning machine guns
Ammunition: 350 rds/gun inner pair, 270 rds/gun outer pair

North American P-51D Mustang (View Cockpit)

Wingspan: 37 ft. 0 in.
Length: 32 ft. 3 in.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in.
Wing Area: 233 sq. ft.
Engine: Rolls-Royce/Packard Merlin V-1650-7 rated at 1,720 hp
Fuel: 270 gal. internal
Loaded Weight: 10,100 lb.
Wing Loading: 43 lb./sq. ft.
Maximum Speed: 437 mph.
Service Ceiling: 41,900 ft.
Rate of Climb: 3,500 ft./min
Combat Radius: 450 miles
Armaments: 6 x .50 cal. Browning machine guns
Ammunition: 400 rds/gun inner pair, 270 rds/gun 2 outer pairs

Notes: Like its main adversary, the Fw190, the P-51 is primarily an energy-based fighter. You want to fly it in a clean configuration on every mission except Strike and Search and Destroy missions. For strikes, sling a couple of 500 lb. bombs under the aircraft and take off. For Search and Destroy missions, you get the greatest tactical flexibility and endurance over the area you are search by using six five-inch rockets.