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P-51 Mustang

Starting in 1942, the British had a promising new American-built fighter: the North Ameri-can P-51 Mustang I. This aircraft was developed specifically for the Brit-ish, and they were first to use it in combat.

The first two RAF Mustang I squadrons, 26 and 239, formed in early 1942. These Mustangs had square-tipped wings, boxy cockpits and Allison en-gines rated at 1,200 hp. They lacked the powerful 1,500 hp Merlin engines that started with the faster, higher-flying, longer-range P-51 Mustang C and the signature bubble glass added starting with the P-51 Mustang D. Regardless, the new Mustang I fighters were good, and their pilots were optimistic.

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