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P-51D Mustang #9255/BA-U, No. 424 Sqn., RCAF, Mount Hope, Ontario. 1950s
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
P-51D #9255/BA-U was first delivered to the USAAF in 1945 as 44-74602 c/n 122-41142 and served with training units until December 6, 1950 when the aircraft arrived at the RCAF 424th (Auxiliary) Squadron (City of Hamilton) based at Mount Hope, Hamilton, Ontario. RCAF squadrons flew P-51s in WWII within the RAF and after the war Canada received 100 Mustangs that stayed in service until 1956. P-51 #9255/BA-U was sold to its first U.S. civilian and on December 30, 1958 was registered as N6318T.
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