P-51 B/C (Mustang III)

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Specifications

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Specifications

 
  P-51 B/C-1 (Mustang III) P-51 B/C (Mustang III)
Production number
650 (400 B & 250 C)
3738 (1988 B & 1750 C)
Dimensions (ft.)
   
Lenght 32.25 ft - 9.83 m 32.25 ft - 9.83 m
Height 12.20 ft - 3.72 m 12.20 ft - 3.72 m
Width 37.04 ft - 11.28 m 37.04 ft - 11.28 m
Weights (lbs)
   
Empty
6433 lbs - 2918 kg
6985 lbs - 3168 kg
Normal takeoff
9200 lbs - 4173 kg
9800 lbs - 4445 kg
Maximum gross 10600 lbs - 4808 kg 11800 lbs - 5352 kg
Powerplant
   
Manufacturer Packard V-1650-3 Packard V-1650-7
CID (Cubic Inch Displacement) 1649 1649
Normal takeoff HP 1380 1490
War Emergency HP (WEP) 1620 1720
Performance (mph/miles/ft)
   
Max. speed 430 mph - 692.02 km/h 439 mph - 706.50 km/h
Normal cruise speed 325 mph - 523.04 km/h 325 mph - 523.04 km/h
Climb to 20,000 ft 7 minutes 6.9 minutes
Service ceiling 41500 ft - 12649.2 m 41900 ft - 12771.12 m
Fuel capacity 180 US gallon - 681.37 liters 269 US gallon - 1018.28 liters
Fuel capacity with drop tanks 330 US gallon - 1249.18 liters 419 US gallon - 1586.09 liters
Combat range (internal fuel) 755 miles - 1215.05 km 1180 miles - 1899.03 km
Combat range (with drop tanks) 1450 miles - 2333.55 km 1900 miles - 3057.75 km
Armament
   
Machine guns 4 x .50 caliber in wings
4 x .50 caliber in wings
Rounds available 1260 1260
Bombs (lbs) 2 x 1000lbs (or drop tanks) 2 x 1000lbs (or drop tanks)
Other n/a n/a

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