P-51D prototype fighter in flight, fall 1944; this particular prototype was modified from P-51B aircraft with serial number 43-12102

Caption   P-51D prototype fighter in flight, fall 1944; this particular prototype was modified from P-51B aircraft with serial number 43-12102 ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 20 Dec 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Oct 2015 04:57:54 PM

IMPROVING THE BREED: P-51B-1NA s/n 43-12102 aircraft was pulled off production line and modified with all new forward windscreen, 360 degrees bubble canopy and cut down aft fuselage. Dorsal fin was later added to production P-51 Mustangs. A total of 8,000 P-51D were built This Mustang 43-12102 was used for tests and other factory modifications. North American also modified two other Mustangs P-51B-10-NA s/n 43-106539 and s/n 43-106540 also used for tests. Production P-51Ds were armed w/6 x .50 Cal. machine guns w/1880 rounds of ammo.

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