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P-51D Mustang

The prototype of the P-51 flew at Los Angeles Mines Field in October 1940. The "Mustang" became the pre-eminent long-range escort fighter of WWII and in many respects the greatest all-around combat fighter of its era. The unique design of the aircraft resulted in substantially more internal fuel capacity than other fighters of that time period. The ability to reach deep into Germany with full internal fuel tanks allowed its pilots to cope with the "Luftwaffe" and provide bomber crews with protection they needed to accomplish their mission with dramatically reduced losses of airplanes and personnel.

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