The only difference between the North American P-51B and C variants was the B was built in
Inglewood and the C in Dallas. The B variant first flew on May 5, 1943 and the C variant first flew
on August 5, 1943. The B variant saw 1,988 built while the C variant saw 1,750 built. On
December 1, 1943 the P-51B Mustang flew its first combat mission and in March 1944 provided
bomber escort to Berlin. The high shape of the P-51B/C dorsal spine gave it the name
“Razorback”.


In 1944 the USAAF 14th Air Force became involved in the Sino-Japan War on the side of the
Nationalist Chinese Air Force. By this time the CNAF (CNAC – Chinese Nationalist Air Corps)
already had been fairly well equipped with up-to-date aircraft delivered by the U.S.. By 1944 the
list included A-29, P-40, P-43 and P-66s and with the defeat of Germany more of the latest
advanced aircraft began arriving in 1945 which included B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress
along with P-51Bs and P-51Ds. Several Mustangs came from the 23rd FS.

Specifications for the North American P-51B/C Mustang

The only difference between the B variant and the C variant are the plants where they were
manufactured

P-51B/C Production – 3,738
B – 1,988 produced at Inglewood plant
C – 1,750 produced at Dallas plant

Dimensions
Length – 32.25 ft
Wingspan – 37.04 ft
Height – 13.67 ft

Performance
Power Plant – 1 X Packard (Rolls Royce) V-1650-3-7 producing 1,380 hp in the B variant and
1,490 hp in the C variant
Maximum Speed – 439 mph @ 25,000 ft
Service Ceiling – 41,800 ft
Range
B – 1,180 miles
C – 1,900 miles

Weights
Empty – 6,985 lbs
Normal T/O – 9,800 lbs
Maximum Gross – 11,800 lbs

Armament
4 x .50 cal machine guns with 1,260 rounds
2 x 1,000 lb bombs or rockets
Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA8511
P-51C Mustang
205, No.25 Squadron, Chinese Air Force, 1945
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
Professionally painted.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Cockpit slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Can be displayed with landing gear up or down.
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