North American's P-51 Mustang Fighter is in service with Britain's Royal Air Force, N[orth] A[merican] Aviation, Inc., Inglewood, Calif. (LOC)

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North American's P-51 Mustang Fighter is in service with Britain's Royal Air Force, N[orth] A[merican] Aviation, Inc., Inglewood, Calif.

1942 Oct.

1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Royal Air Force
North American Aviation, Inc.
Airplane industry
World War, 1939-1945
United States--California--Inglewood

Format: Aerial photographs

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-67 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-250


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    • 17/Jan/2008 00:11:53

    Amazing image. It's free too. Thanks, LOC!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 09:36:57

    They don't look like RAF markings to me.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 12:00:59

    The caption refers to the model of aircraft not the USAAF example shown.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 16:08:13

    war machinery sure was sexy then!

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    • 19/Jan/2008 05:21:12

    Not a P51. Perhaps an airacobra?

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    • 20/Jan/2008 13:00:47

    It's clearly a P-51 B - like the early models that were sent to England as part of the lend-lease program.

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    • 23/Jan/2008 05:43:34

    Not a P51. Perhaps an airacobra? @Rick it is a P51. An earlier variant without the bubble canopy. The version you see is probably a P-51 B/C with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine. It could also be a Mk1 (Mustang I/P-51) which went into combat on 12 May '42. The bubble cockpit was introduced later in as a solution to the "poor rearward view". A quick solution was the "bulbous" Malcolm Hood and later replaced with a teardrop canopy so widly associated with later P-51's.

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    • 24/Jan/2008 21:10:03

    It's a P51A, with the Allison V-1710 engine. The 'bump' on top of the engine is the air intake, Merlin versions had the intake under the nose rather than on top. Allison-powered versions also had a three rather than four-blade prop and a shallower radiator scoop on the belly, but neither of those is easy to spot from this photo. Beautiful photo :o)

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    • 10/Mar/2008 20:37:53

    Could this be an A-36?

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    • 11/Mar/2008 18:09:00

    stumbleon, you're probably right...

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    • 13/Mar/2008 13:12:47

    If memory serves, it was the Brits who got the idea of using the RR Merlin in the P51 because they felt the Allison wasn't fast enough. One of their best ideas.

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    • 16/Mar/2008 23:01:11

    Certainly the Merlin engine gave better high altitude performance.

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    • 17/Mar/2008 18:23:24

    The idea of using the Merlin cometh from a Roll-Royce person. The Allison was set to low and medium altitude, and the Merlin was a medium to high altitute engine. Without it we would never see the Mustang escort the bombers into germany...

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    China Chris

    • 16/Apr/2008 02:38:27

    so my love.

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    • 24/Oct/2008 16:31:14

    For all: a model airplane 1.100 can you bay under my ebay name "fraenkialero" perfect pic

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    • 28/Oct/2008 10:21:53

    Nice fly shot

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    terrific lake

    • 23/Nov/2008 07:53:13

    great image

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    Mitchel25J (54 million + Views Thank You )

    • 28/Nov/2008 17:03:26

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called P-51 Mustangs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    Le nai

    • 11/Dec/2008 03:48:33


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    • 22/Dec/2008 17:27:42

    It´s always interesting to know more about the past

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    • 30/Dec/2008 07:53:20

    Beautiful picture, and an excelent fighter also.

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    ryyta ( ocupada)

    • 25/Feb/2009 18:30:04

    COOL SHOT!!! : seen in : "Double Dragon Awards" Post 1 Award 3

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    • 17/Jun/2009 20:55:57

    Dated as October 42 this isn't classified as P-51 for the following reason: The production of the NA73 design for the UK had to receive the blessing of the US government before it could become ratified. A condition of the approval was the supply of two examples to the USAAC for evaluation and these two were delivered and given the designation XP-51. Before that however the US army had already contracted for the procurement of 150 additional aircraft for supply to Britain under Lend-Lease designating these P-51 and these differed from the earlier version by having self sealing tanks and four wing mounted 20mm cannon in place of the eight machine guns. From this batch 93 were supplied to Britain, becoming designated Mustang IA, 55 went to the USAAF as F-6A's, equipped with two K-24 cameras for use in the tactical recon role and the remaining two also went to the USAAF with different engines, initially as XP-78's but later brought into the family as XP-51B's. The designation of this aircraft in US service as P-51 came after North American opened the second plant at Dallas, Texas to increase production from the already stretched Inglewood plant which did not occur until 1943 and this image is dated October 1942. In the summer of 1943 the first P-51B is produced at Inglewood and the identical P-51C is produced from the Dallas plant, operationally their first mission in USAAF service was on Dec 13 1943 when elements of the 8th undertook a long range escort to Keil from the UK

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    • 19/Jun/2009 22:17:59

    I notice that the insignia on the aircraft is American not British.

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    Nils Jorgensen

    • 07/Jul/2009 07:46:48

    An amazing aircraft.

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    • 04/Oct/2009 19:38:54

    p-51 = awesome i love this machine

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    Mitchel25J (54 million + Views Thank You )

    • 26/Dec/2009 17:20:11

    A little more on the background of this aircraft in the photo. This is the 2nd P-51A to be tested by the Army Air Corp it is still in the the stander RAF Paint for early 42. It still retains the RAF serial # AN958. The photo was taken over Southern Calf. the photographer was the chief NAA photographer during the war.

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    Aaron Bonette

    • 22/Mar/2010 09:02:44

    bravo! fabulous

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    • 07/May/2010 21:38:54

    The P-51 in the photo is clearly an "A" model because it has the Allison engine with the carburetor air scoop on top of the spinner rather than underneath. The Rolls-Royce Merlin engined models (B through H) had the scoop underneath.

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    • 12/Aug/2010 22:51:14

    a car hunting!

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    • 27/Sep/2012 19:34:56

    Very nice. Hereis my new plane picture. Reise / journey / voyage