During World War II, the North American P-51 Mustang earned its elite status as the "Killing machine" and nicknamed "the air-repellant", it swept over Germany destroying its convoys, trains, warehouses, airfields, factories, radar and antiaircraft gun emplacements. The aircrafts range of 1080 miles, and extended range of 2600 miles, with extra drop-tanks attached to the wings, it was superior over any of the Allied or German fighter's aircraft.
Powered first by an Allison engine, but a year later in 1944, a Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlin engine became standard in the P-51. Thus, it achieved faster speeds and became the world's fastest propeller driven aircraft. Designed in record time, within 117 days, the aircraft went on to set every low altitude speed record. The fast, maneuverable airship flew higher, faster and farther than any other aircraft of its time
The P-51s provided high-altitude escort to B-17s, B-24s, and by war's end, P-51 pilots had destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft in the air and an additional 4,131 on the ground. P-51s saw service in nearly every combat zone in the war, in the Pacific, they escorted B-29s to Japan from Iwo Jima.
Out of the 15,686 Mustangs built, less than 300 exist today; about 145 of them take center stage in airshows throughout the world. The wingspan of the aircraft is 37 feet; from nose to tail, it's 32 feet 3 inches long, compared to its height of only 13 feet 8 inches.