NORTH AMERICAN P-51 MUSTANG

P-51 SERVICE

Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc., Inglewood, California, USA
Models: NA-73, NA-83, NA-91, NA-97, NA-99, NA-101, NA-102, NA-103,
NA-104, NA-105, NA-106, NA-107, NA-109, NA-110, NA-111,
NA-112, NA-117, NA-122, NA-124, NA-126, NA-127, NA-129,
NA-138, NA-139
Designations: P-51; A-36, F-6, F-51, P-78
Names: Mustang; Apache & Invader (A-36A)
First official flight: (NA-73X) 26/10/1940
Factory production period: 1940 - 1945
Primary service period: 1942 - 1953
Last official flight: (F-51D) 27/01/1957

P-51 VARIANTS

1940 NA-73X NA-73X Prototype 1 Total: 00001
         
1941 NA-73/-83 Mustang Mk. I 620  
1941 NA-73 XP-51 2 Total: 00622
         
1942 NA-91 P-51 150  
1942 NA-97 A-36A 500  
1943 NA-99 P-51A 310 Total: 00960
         
1943 NA-102/-104 P-51B 1988  
1943 NA-103/-111 P-51C 1750 Total: 03738
         
1943 NA-106 XP-51D 2  
1943 NA-109/-111
-122/-124
P-51D 8100 Total: 08102
         
1944 NA-105 XP-51F 3  
1944 NA-105A XP-51G 2  
1945 NA-105B XP-51J 2 Total: 00007
         
1945 NA-126 P-51H 555  
1945 NA-111 P-51K 1500  
1945 NA-124 P-51M 1 Total: 02056

Grand Total: 15486

1945 Foreign built - Australia:
NA-110
P-51D

200

Grand Total: 00200


The "Cadillac of the Skies!" - the mighty Mustang, s/n: 44-74829, taxies
up to it's parking position.
Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow, New Zealand, 2001.

P-51 PRODUCTION

NA-73X
Company owned single-seat fighter prototype.
Produced 1940

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

NX19998 (civil reg.) 73-3097 1 Total: 00001

Mustang Mk. I
As NA-73X, 3-bladed prop, new windscreen, 6
wing guns, 2 nose guns, NA-83 had minor changes.
Produced 1941

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

(RAF) AG345 / AG347 73-3098 / 3100    
(RAF) AG348 / AG352 73-3102 / 3106    
(RAF) AG353 / AG661 73-3108 / 3416    
(RAF) AG662, AG663 73-4767, 4768    
(RAF) AG664 73-7812    
(RAF) AL958 / AL999 83-4769 / 4810    
(RAF) AM100 / AM257 83-4811 / 4968    
(RAF) AP164 / AP263 83-4969 / 5068 620 Total: 00620

XP-51
As Mustang Mk. I, to USAAF for evaluation.
Produced 1941

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

41-038, 41-039 73-3101, 3107 2 Total: 00002

P-51
As Mustang Mk. I, engine upgrade,
4 long wing cannons.
Produced 1941

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

41-37320 / 41-37469 91-11981 / 12130 150 Total: 00150
2 retained by NAA to become XP-51B.
55 retained by USAAF.
150 ordered as
Mustang Mk. IA for:
(RAF) FD418 / FD567
93 only delivered to RAF.

A-36A Apache / Invader
As Mustang Mk. I, dive bomber version,
engine upgrade, dive brakes, 6 guns.
Produced 1942 - 1943

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

42-83663 / 42-84162
- 3 to RAF with 1 as
EW998.
97-15881 / 16380 500 Total: 00500

P-51A
As P-51, engine upgrade, 4 wing guns.
Produced 1943

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

43-6003 / 43-6312 99-22106 / 22415 310 Total: 00310
259 delivered to USAAF.
1 to US Navy as BuNo. 57987.
50 delivered as
Mustang Mk. II to:
(RAF) FR890 / FR939

P-51B
As P-51A, engine upgrade, 4-bladed prop,
new scoops, minor changes.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

42-106429 / 42-106538 104-25231 / 25340    
42-106541 / 42-106738 104-25343 / 25540    
42-106739 / 42-106978 104-25541 / 25780    
43-6313 / 43-6802 104-22816 / 23305    
43-6803 / 43-6912 104-24431 / 24540    
43-6913 / 43-7112 104-24941 / 25140    
43-7113 / 43-7202 104-25141 / 25230    
43-12093 / 43-12492 102-24541 / 24940    
43-24752 / 43-24901 104-25781 / 25930 1988 Total: 01988

P-51C
Dallas built version of the P-51B-NA.
NA-107 order completed on NA-103.
Produced

North American, Dallas, Texas (NT)

42-102979 / 42-103378 103-22416 / 22815    
42-103379 / 42-103978 103-25933 / 26532    
43-24902 / 43-25251 103-26533 / 26882    
44-10753 / 44-11152 111-28886 / 29285 1750 Total: 01750

XP-51D
Prototypes with P-51D features from P-51B airframes.
Later redesignated as P-51D-NA.
Produced 1943

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

42-106539, 42-106540 106-25341, 25342 2 Total: 00002

P-51D
As P-51B, bubble canopy, dorsal fin, engine upgrade,
6 wing guns.
P-51D-NT original designation was P-51E-NT.
NA-112 order cancelled, completed on NA-109.
Redesignated as F-51D in 1948.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

44-13253 / 44-15252 109-26886 / 28885    
44-15253 / 44-15752 109-35536 / 36035    
44-63160 / 44-64159 122-30886 / 31885    
44-72027 / 44-72126 122-31886 / 31985    
44-72127 / 44-73626 122-38586 / 40085    
44-73627 / 44-75026 122-40167 / 41566

6500

 


P-51D-30-NA Mustang, s/n: 44-74829, was delivered to the USAAF in 1945.
It was later sold to the RCAF, s/n: 9265, in 1951. It later went through a series of
civilian owners before coming to New Zealand as ZK-TAF and is seen here
painted in RNZAF colours with RNZAF s/n: NZ2415.
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, 2000.

North American Dallas, Texas (NT)

44-11153 / 44-11352 111-29286 / 29485    
44-12853 / 44-13252 111-36136 / 36535    
44-84390 / 44-84989 124-44246 / 44845    
45-11343 / 45-11742 124-48096 / 48495 1600 Total: 08100
214 to RAAF as A68-600 / A68-813.
30 to RNZAF as NZ2401 / NZ2430.
2029 NA-112, NA-138 additional airframes cancelled.

XP-51F
Prototype with redesigned fuselage, lengthened canopy,
engine upgrade, 3-bladed prop, 4 wing guns.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

43-43332 / 43-43334 105-26883 / 26885 3 Total: 00003

XP-51G
As XP-51F, engine upgrade (RR Merlin), 5-bladed prop.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

43-43335, 43-43336 105-25931, 25932 2 Total: 00002

XP-51J
As XP-51F, engine upgrade, minor changes.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

44-76027, 44-76028 105-47446, 47447 2 Total: 00002

P-51H
As XP-51F, thicker fuselage, taller tail.
Redesignated as F-51H in 1948.
Produced 1945 - 1946

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

44-64160 / 44-64714 126-37586 / 38140 555 Total: 00555
5000 NA-117, NA-129 additional airframes cancelled.

P-51I - Not used.

P-51K
Dallas built version of the P-51D-NA, larger canopy,
smaller prop. Redesignated as F-51K in 1948.
Produced

North American Dallas, Texas (NT)

44-11353 / 44-12752 111-29486 / 30885    
44-12753 / 44-12852 111-36036 / 36135 1500 Total: 01500
84 to RAAF as A68-500 / A68-583.

(NA-129) P-51L - NT version of P-51H-NA, 1700 ordered but later cancelled.

P-51M
Dallas built version of the P-51H-NA.
Produced 1945

North American Dallas, Texas (NT)

45-11743 124-48496 1 Total: 00001
1628 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 15486

Foreign built - Australia:
P-51D
CAC built version of the P-51D, 100 sets of components
built in the US as NA-110, c/n: 110-34386 / 34485.
Produced 1945 - 1951

Commonwealth Aircraft Corp. (CAC), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

(CA-17) Mustang Mk. 20

(RAAF) A68-1 / A68-80 1326 / 1405

Total: 080

20 sets of components used to set up production.
80 aircraft only completed.

(CA-18) Mustang Mk. 21

(RAAF) A68-81 / A68-120 1406 / 1445

Total: 040

A68-81 / A68-94 converted to PR.Mk. 22.

(CA-18) Mustang Mk. 23

(RAAF) A68-121 / A68-186 1446 / 1511

Total: 066

(CA-18) Mustang PR.Mk. 22

(RAAF) A68-187 / A68-200 1512 / 1525

Total: 014

50 additional airframes and 250 CA-21(P-51H) cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 200


A colorful chequered nose adorns this P-51D Mustang, ZK-SAS, that was once
a part of the RAAF with s/n: A68-674 (USAAF s/n: 44-13016).
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, 2012.

P-51 CONVERSIONS

Military Conversions

USAAF / USAF

XP-51B 2 NA-101
P-51(41-37352, 41-37421), 1942, conversion with Packard-Merlin engine
and minor changes, original designation was XP-78.
XP-51D 1 P-51B(43-12101), 1943, prototype with bubble canopy.
Tests led to conversion of 2 further P-51B's temporarily as XP-51D.
TP-51D 19 P-51D, factory converted, 2-seater, dual control conversion trainer, armed.
(TF-51D) 1+ 1948, redesignation of TP-51D.
(ETF-51D) 1 TF-51D, conversion for shipboard landing tests.
F-6A 57 P-51, 1942, photo reconn. aircraft, 2 cameras, armed.
F-6B 35 P-51A, factory modified, photo reconn. aircraft, 2 cameras, armed.
F-6C-NA 71 P-51B, factory modified, 2 cameras in rear fuselage.
F-6C-NT 20 P-51C, factory modified, 2 cameras fitted in rear fuselage.
F-6D-NA 1+ P-51D-NA, factory modified, 2 cameras fitted in rear fuselage.
F-6D-NT 136 P-51D-NT, factory modified, 2 cameras fitted in rear fuselage.
(TF-6D) 1+ F-6D, trainer conversions.
(FP-51D) 1+ 1946, redesignation of the F-6D.
(RF-51D) 1+ 1948, redesignation of the FP-51D.
(TRF-51D) 1+ RF-51D, 2 seater conversions.
F-6K 163 P-51K, factory modified, 1 camera in rear fuselage.
(FP-51K) 1+ 1946, redesignation of the F-6K.
(RF-51K) 1+ 1948, redesignation of the FP-51K.
ZF-51B 1+ P-51B, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".

British RAF

Mustang Mk. III 952 274+ P-51B / 626+ P-51C, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: FB100 / FB399, FR411, FX848 / FX999,
FZ100 / FZ197, HB821 / HB961, HK944 / HK947, HK955,
HK956, KH421 / KH640, SR406 / SR438, SR440.
36 back to USAAF upon delivery.
Mustang Mk. IV 283 P-51D/G/H, aircraft in service with the RAF.
P-51D assigned RAF s/n: KH641 / KH670, KM493 / KM743.
XP-51G assigned RAF s/n: FR410.
P-51H assigned RAF s/n: KN987.
130 to RCAF as Mustang TF.Mk. IV, 9221 / 9300,
9551 / 9600.
Mustang Mk. IVA 595 P-51K, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: KH671 / KH870, KM100 / KM492,
TK586, TK589.
56 additional conversions cancelled.
Mustang Mk. V 1 XP-51F, transfer to RAF for test duties. 
Assigned RAF s/n: FR409.
Mustang Mk. X 4 Mustang Mk. I, 1942, RAF conversions with RR Merlin engines.
Assigned RAF s/n: AL963, AL975, AM203, AM208.

Civil Conversions

Cavalier Aircraft Corp., Florida conversions:
(before 1967 was Trans-Florida Aviation Inc., Florida)

Executive Mustang 750, 1200, 1500, 2000, 2500
1959, rebuilt F-51D's as civil executive tandem seaters,
aircraft renamed as Cavalier in 1967.

Cavalier Mustang II
1967, civil rebuilt F-51D's, airframe / engine / armament / radio upgrade.
Designed as close support military aircraft for MAP, new s/n:

N4222A (civil reg.) F-51D, prototype. 01
67-14862 / 67-14866 TF / F-51D, sold to Bolivia. 05
67-22579 / 67-22582 TF / F-51D, sold to Bolivia. 04
68-15795, 68-15796 F-51D, used as chase planes by US Army. 02
72-1536 / 72-1541 F-51D, sold to Indonesia. 06

Total: 18


P-51D-30-NA, s/n: 44-74827, was converted in 1972 to a Cavalier
F-51D Mustang II for the Indonesian Air Force who ordered a
total of six such aircraft. Assigned new USAF s/n: 72-1541
and Indonesian s/n: F367, it was swapped after retirement
with an RNZAF DH115 Vampire for museum display.
The F-51D is now displayed as RNZAF NZ2410.
RNZAF Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2005.

Cavalier Mustang III
F-51D (N6167U civil reg.), 1968, RR Dart turboprop prototype.
Intended as close air support aircraft for MAP.

Cavalier Turbo Mustang III (Enforcer)
1 F-51D (N201PE civil reg.), 1 TF-51D (N202PE civil reg.), 1971,
further turboprop engine upgrade. Intended as close air support
aircraft for MAP. Later cancelled and rights sold to Piper Aircraft.


Piper Aircraft Co., Pennsylvania manufacture:

Piper (PA-48) Enforcer
2 new built prototypes (N481PE, N482PE civil reg.), based on
cancelled Turbo Mustang III. First flight: 1983, redesigned
fuselage, engine upgrade. Production cancelled, placed in
storage in 1986.


Temco Aircraft Co., Texas conversions:

1951, 15 TF-51D's rebuilt from F-51D's.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - P-51's in service with numerous countries during and since WW2 including
   Australia, Bolivia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, France,
   Guatemala, Haiti, Israel, Korea, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua,
   Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay.
 - Many P-51's sold on the civil market as circuit racers, private aircraft etc.

NORTH AMERICAN P-82 TWIN MUSTANG

P-82 SERVICE

Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc., Inglewood, California, USA
Models: NA-120, NA-123, NA-144, NA-149, NA-150
Designations: P-82; F-82
Name: Twin Mustang
First official flight: (XP-82) 15/04/1945
Factory production period: 1944 - 1946
Primary service period: 1946 - 1953
Last official flight: 1953

P-82 VARIANTS

1945 NA-120 XP-82 2  
1945 NA-120 XP-82A 1 Total: 003
         
1945 NA-123 P-82B 20  
1947 NA-144 P-82E 100 Total: 120
         
1948 NA-149 P-82F 100  
1948 NA-150 P-82G 50 Total: 150

Grand Total: 273

P-82 PRODUCTION

XP-82
Twin-engined fighter, two P-51H airframes joined with 
a redesigned center wing section.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

44-83886, 44-83887 120-43742, 43743

Total: 002

XP-82A
As XP-82, engine upgrade.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

44-83888 120-43744

Total: 001

1 additional prototype cancelled.

P-82B
Production version of the XP-82, minor changes.
Redesignated as F-82B in 1948.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

44-65160 / 44-65179 123-43746 / 43765

Total: 020

480 additional airframes cancelled.

P-82E
As P-82B, engine / armament upgrade.
Redesignated as F-82E in 1948.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

46-255 / 46-354 144-38141 / 38240

Total: 100

P-82F
As P-82E, night fighter version with radar pod under
center wing, 9 later converted to P-82G-NA.
Redesignated as F-82F in 1948.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

46-405 / 46-504 149-38291 / 38390

Total: 100

P-82G
As P-82F, engine / radar pod upgrade.
9 also converted from P-82F-NA.
Redesignated as F-82G in 1948.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

46-355 / 46-404 150-38241 / 38290

Total: 050

 

Grand Total: 273

P-82 CONVERSIONS

USAF

ZXF-82 2 XP-82, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".
P-82C 1 P-82B(44-65169), 1946, prototype night fighter conversion with radar pod.
Production model was the P-82F.
(ZF-82C) 1 P-82C, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".
P-82D 1 P-82B(44-65170), 1946, conversion as P-82C but with radar upgrade.
Production model was the P-82G.
(EF-82D) 1 1948, redesignation of the P-82D.
P-82H 14 9 P-82F / 5 P-82G, winterised conversions for service in Alaska.
(F-82H) 14 1948, redesignation of the P-82H.

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