Revealed: the inner workings of 'the plane that changed the war' - the North American P-51 Mustang
Admirers of 'the plane that changed the war' can now explore the intricate details of its design and operation following the publication of the North American P-51 Mustang Owners' Workshop Manual - the latest in Haynes' classic aircraft series.
Fast and manoeuvrable with an unprecedented long range, the North American P-51 Mustang made a late appearance in the Second World War. Fitted with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine it became the high performance thoroughbred fighter that helped the Allies out-class the Luftwaffe in the crucial air battles over Europe in 1944-45.
It even struck fear into the heart of Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering, who later admitted when he saw Mustangs over Berlin that he knew the war was lost. The North American P-51 Mustang Owners' Workshop Manual offers a fascinating insight into owning, restoring, flying and maintaining this classic Second World War fighter aircraft, and has been co-written by a man who has done exactly that.
Co-author Maurice Hammond owns and has restored two Second World War-vintage Merlin-engine P-51Ds, Janie and Marinell, which he continues to fly today. Here he has published exclusive photographs of their painstaking rebuilds and restoration to airworthy condition.
The North American P-51 Mustang Owners' Workshop Manual details the aircraft's illustrious combat history, including first-hand accounts from Second World War Mustang pilots and offers a detailed, anatomical breakdown of the airframe, engine, systems and armaments.
With around 150 P-51 Mustangs still flying today, readers can discover what it takes to own and fly this classic fighter, and how engineers kept - and still keep - it airworthy.
The book is fully illustrated with stunning archive photographs of the P-51 Mustang in action, as well as technical illustrations from North American's wartime engineering manuals, and images featuring the beautifully restored Janie and Marinell in flight.
About the Authors
Jarrod Cotter is the editor of Aeroplane Magazine and co-author of Haynes' Avro Lancaster Manual. Maurice Hammond owns two P-51D Mustangs that he has restored to flying condition.
Other titles in the Haynes Classic Aircraft Series: Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Messerschmitt Bf109, Avro Lancaster, de Havilland Tiger Moth, Avro Vulcan, BAC/Sud Concorde and NASA Apollo 11.
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