The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation built 200 Mustang aircraft in Victoria under licence from North American Aviation in the USA. The American designation was P-51D. Historically, this aircraft is one of the greatest warplanes ever built and upon its introduction, proved to be one of the turning points in World War II.
The decision to manufacture the Mustang in Australia was made during World War II as a result of the outstanding success achieved with the type as a long-range escort fighter on missions in Europe and the Pacific. It is suggested that the Mustang was the best all round fighter of the war. World War II finished before the Australian built Mustangs were completed. Australian Mustangs were used as part of the Japan Occupation Force and in combat during the Korean War. The last squadron in the RAAF to operate the Mustang was No.24 City of Adelaide, a reserve unit, that continued with the type until June 1960.
This particular Mustang is painted A68-769, the personal aircraft of the Commanding Officer of No.82 Squadron in Japan. The aircraft was subsequently transferred into No.77 Squadron and was used in combat in Korea.
The aircraft was fully restored over a 7 year period by Sandora Aviation at Caboolture, just north of Brisbane, and its first post-restoration flight was in January 2002. It has been modified into a 2 seat configuration so a passenger can be carried behind the pilot. It is currently based the Caboolture Warplane Museum at Caboolture Airport and regularly takes up passengers for the flight of their life.
P-51D MUSTANG SPECIFICATIONS
History of our Mustang
A68-110 Royal Australian Air Force Service. Delivered February 1948.
Decommissioned August 1957.
Restored as P-51D Mustang A68-769.
A68-769 Royal Australian Air Force. Delivered August 1945. Served with 82 Squadron Japan & 77 Squadron Korea. More on History page
Packard Merlin V-1650-7 12 Cylinder Vee, liquid cooled engine.
Engine rating 1490 hp at sea level, 1720 hp at 6300ft & 1565 hp at 17250 ft.
Hamilton Standard Four Bladed Constant Speed Propellor of 11ft 2in (3·4m) diameter.
Internal Fuel Capacity 224 Imp Gallons or 1018 litres with provision for external drop tanks of 75 US Gals (284 litres) & 110 US Gals (416 litres) respectively.
6 x .50 caliber Colt Browning Machine Guns.
Inboard guns contained 400 rounds per gun & the rest – 270 rounds per gun.
Underwing hardpoints for six, 5 inch rockets or two 500lb (227kg) bombs.
Maximum Take Off Weight is 10,500 pounds or 4763kg.
Max IAS/Mach all altitudes 438 kts IAS/Mach 0.77
Max speed in a dive at 9,000ft 500 kts TAS or 925 km/h
Max speed straight and level at 10,000ft 348kts TAS or 643 km/h
Max speed straight and level at 25,000ft 380kts TAS or 703 km/h
Maximum Rate of Climb is 3475ft/min at 5000ft with time to 20000ft at 7·3 mins & 30000ft at 12·6 mins.
Maximum Altitude is 41900 feet or 12771 metres.
Maximum Range at 25000 feet with internal fuel only is 840 nautical miles or 1530 km.
Maximum Range at 25000 feet with external fuel is 1435 nautical miles or 2655 km.