MMPBooks Yellow Series aviation history books are landmark publications. This new book is specially welcome because it provides coverage of the P-51B/C & F6C Mustangs with outstanding illustration – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Yellow Series No. 6143, North American Aviation \P-51B/c & F-6C FILE: R3201 AUTHOR: Robert Peczkowski PUBLISHER: Mushroom Model Publications, MMPBooks BINDING: soft back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, North American Aviation, Mustang, P-51B/C, P51D, F-6C, fighters, escort fighters, long range fighters, single seat fighters, US aircraft, air war Europe, bomber escorts ISBN: 978-8365958-39-6 PAGES: 240 IMAGE: B3201.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yxbfartk LINKS: DESCRIPTION: MMPBooks Yellow Series aviation history books are landmark publications. This new book is specially welcome because it provides coverage of the P-51B/C & F6C Mustangs with outstanding illustration – Most Highly Recommended.
The Mustang is one of the handful of immortal warplanes and most of the coverage of this impressive aircraft is of the bubble canopy F-51D. The D captured imagination because it had the range to follow the B-17 and B-24 daylight bomber streams all the way to their targets deep in Germany and all the way home. They fought as bomber escorts should, loose from the bombers and free to mix it with enemy interceptors before they could reach the bombers and disrupt the bombing of targets. Important though the D is to history it is only a part of the story.
The Mustang was born of a need for Britain to source a wide range of war materials and equipment from US factories. The Purchasing Commission issued a series of specifications to US industry and one of these was for a fighter aircraft with longer range and improved performance. Initially, North American responded with the Alison engined P-51, designed to the British specification, but following US preference for a low altitude interceptor, and using the readily available and locally produced Alison power plant. In this role, the Alison performed very well and was an engine already in production in North America. However, the RAF were not impressed. They liked much of the aircraft but they fought largely at high altitude and the pressing need was a high performance fighter that could operate across Europe as they moved from the defensive stage of the Battle of Britain to the critical stage of bringing German aircraft up to combat in an attempt to establish air superiority over Europe, which was an essential pre-condition of for an invasion to liberate Europe from the German occupation.
The marriage of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine, that powered the Hurricanes and Spitfire, and other outstanding aircraft like the Lancaster and Mosquito bombers, to the P-51 airframe produced a true winner. The resulting aircraft was the P-51B sometimes known as the razorback Mustang, with the cockpit canopy faired into the rear fuselage. The Merlin was license-built in the US by Packard, ensuring adequate local supply to the North American factories.
This book is well-researched and nicely written with an overwhelming selection of rare and unique illustrations. It pays tribute to MMPBooks tradition of publishing works that will satisfy modellers and model engineers, and also satisfy the most demanding military aviation enthusiasts. For the modellers there are 1/48 scale plans. There are also rare colour photographs from WWII, detailed photographs and drawings, and specially commissioned full page full colour illustrations by Artur Juszczak.
This is an important book in its genre and early purchase is advised.