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”.


P-51B Mustang 43-24842 was originally assigned to Lt. George George of the 363rd FS/357th
FG. The aircraft was named “Blackpool Bat” after the town his then girlfriend, later wife, lived in.
Lt. George was best known for ground support and was the 357th top train buster. On September
15, 1944 “Blackpool Bat” was being flown by 2nd Lt. Graeff and was lost in a mid-air collision.
Lt. George was now assigned a P-51D that he named “Blackpool Bat II”. Lt. George received
several awards and went on to fly an F-86 in Korea.



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
HA8512
P-51B Mustang "Blackpool Bat"
324842, 363rd FS/357 FG, WWII
1/48 scale pre-finished
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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