P-51 D Mustang USAF "Buckeye blitz VI" Capt J.W. Rogers 36th FBS 8th FBW HA7736 Scale 1:48
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Later in WWII the Allied bombers were flying deep into Germany but suffered tremendous losses because of the lack of range the fighter escorts had. German fighters would wait beyond the range of the Allied fighters and then attack the vulnerable bombers. Once the P-51 called Mustang by the British had the Allison engine replaced with a British Merlin it possessed the high performance that had been lacking. With drop tanks the P-51 had the range to escort bombers all the way to Berlin and back.
On November 8, 1950 Captain J. W. Rogers made what probably was the luckiest shot of the Korean War. While flying his F-51D Mustang 44-74941 “Buckeye Blitz VI” four MiG-15s came from behind and over flew him. Purely out of instinct Rogers fired at the quickly disappearing targets and as luck would have it he downed one of the MiG-15s. The kill was verified by other F-51 pilots. His aircraft markings show 12 tanks, 2 trains and 130 missions.
Specifications for the North American Aviation P-51D Mustang
The P-51D became F-51D after the USAF was formed in 1947, same aircraft,
P - Pursuit / F - Fighter
Number Produced All Variants – 14,819
Wing Span – 37 ft (11.27 m)
Length – 32 ft 3 in (9.82 m)
Height – 13 ft 8 in (4.16 m)