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P-51D Mustang 413691 "Passion Wagon", Capt. Charles E "Chuck" Weaver, 362nd FS, 357th FG, 1944
General Background
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.
The Aircraft
North American P-51D named "Passion Wagon" was originally piloted by Major Arval Roberson from the 362nd FS/357th FG and the provocative nude nose art was the first female applied by mechanic Bob Child. Roberson completed his tour of duty with 6 victories and "Passion Wagon" was re-assigned to Captain Charles "Chuck" Weaver who kept the pin up girl nose art. The aircraft eventually moved on and became "Gypsy". Captain Weaver became an Ace downing 4 Bf-109's, 3 Fw-190's and 1 Me-262's.
Specifications :


Dive-bomber, bomber-escort, ground-attack, interceptor, photo recon
Number Produced All Variants: 14,819
Height: 13 ft 8 in (4.16 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft (11.27 m)
Length: 32 ft 3 in (9.82 m)
Empty: 7,125 lb (3,232 kg)
Gross: 10,100 lb (4,581 kg)
Maximum Take-off: 11,600 lb (5,262 kg)
Engine: Packard Merlin two-staged supercharged V-1650-7, 12 cylinder V engine 1,695 hp.
Maximum Speed: 437 mph (703 km/h)
Ceiling: 41,900 ft (12,771 m)
Range: 950 miles (1,529 km)
Maximum Range: 2,300 miles (3,701 km)
Armament (6) .50 caliber MG
Maximum External Bomb Load – 2,000 lb (907 kg)
Or (4) .5 inch rockets