P-51 Mustang Demo
The Atlanta Air Show will feature a P-51 Mustang Demo on May 16-17 at Falcon Field in Peachtree City showcasing the incredible maneuverability and that unmistakable sound that made this World War II era fighter the legend of it’s time. The demo will be performed by the Commemorative Air Force – Dixie Wing, locally based at Falcon... View Article
The Atlanta Air Show will feature a P-51 Mustang Demo on May 16-17 at Falcon Field in Peachtree City showcasing the incredible maneuverability and that unmistakable sound that made this World War II era fighter the legend of it’s time. The demo will be performed by the Commemorative Air Force – Dixie Wing, locally based at Falcon Field.
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on September 9, 1940 and first flew on October 26, 1940. The Mustang was originally designed to use the Allison V-1710 engine, which had limited high-altitude performance. It was first flown by the Royal Air Force as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber. The addition of the Rolls-Royce Merlin to the P-51B/C model transformed the Mustang’s performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, matching or exceeding that of the German fighters.
From late 1943, P-51s were used by the USAAF’s Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, a role in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also in service with Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean and Italian theaters, and saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. During World War II, Mustang pilots shot down nearly 5,000 enemy aircraft.
At the start of the Korean War, the Mustang was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighters such as the F-86 took over this role; the Mustang then became a specialized fighter-bomber. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s.
After World War II and the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing, and increasingly, preserved and flown as historic warbird aircraft at air shows like the Atlanta Air Show.
The P-51 Mustang Demo at the Atlanta Air Show was acquired by the founding members of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). This airplane is not only historically significant, but it is thoroughly engrained in the CAF’s heritage as well. The Dixie Wing based at Falcon Field in Peachtree City was selected to become the new home for the P-51 “Red Nose” by the CAF General Staff in November of 2002.
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