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F-51D Mustang Capt J.W. Rogers,
36th FBS, 8th FBW, Korean War
|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.
On November 8, 1950 Captain J. W. Rogers made what probably was the luckiest shot of the
Korean War. While flying his F-51D Mustang 44-74941 “Buckeye Blitz VI” four MiG-15s came
from behind and over flew him. Purely out of instinct Rogers fired at the quickly disappearing
targets and as luck would have it he downed one of the MiG-15s. The kill was verified by other
F-51 pilots. His aircraft markings show 12 tanks, 2 trains and 130 missions.
Specifications for the North American Aviation P-51D Mustang
The P-51D became F-51D after the USAF was formed in 1947, same aircraft,
P - Pursuit / F - Fighter
Number Produced All Variants – 14,819
Wing Span – 37 ft (11.27 m)
Length – 32 ft 3 in (9.82 m)
Height – 13 ft 8 in (4.16 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)
(6) .50 caliber MG
Maximum External Bomb Load – 2,000 lb (907 kg)
Or (4) .5 inch rockets.
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