P-51D Big Beautiful Doll
P-51D Mustang Big Beautiful Doll Nose Art
Flown by John Landers
Dimensions: 40" x 18"
John Landers P-51D Big Beautiful Doll was the most colorfully painted P-51’s of WWII. He also was one of elite few fighter pilots in WW II to earn the “ace” status in both the Pacific and European Theaters.
Produced in a reply to the 1940 RAF needs for a high-speed, armed fighter. It needed the capability to fly at altitudes up to 20,000 ft.
The P-51 Mustang was without a doubt the most famous fighter aircraft Second World War.
The first two of the USAF Mustangs had variations that maximized it for ground attack support. It also had increased its reliability by a large margin.
These first two fighter aircraft came with Allison engines, the A-36A, and P-51A models.
They experimented with fitting the P-51's with Packard-built Roll-Royce engines. This materialized into a dramatic increase in performance. They decided to start manufacturing the Merlin-powered P-51B in the fall of 1942.
The new model P-51Bs went to the 34th Fighter Group. They flew their first escort assignment from England. They escorted a large group of B-17s to kiel Germany and returned back home to their home base in England.
Later on in the War, the manufacturing of the P-51D model began to arrive in England. In the summer of 1944 and became the preferred fighter aircraft of the UEFG Command.
Executing missions from the conquered Japanese islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The P-51 Mustangs were using the exact same procedures that they had used before. This time, they would be escorting the B-29 Flying Fortress to their targets. They destroyed the Japanese fighter aircraft that were still parked on the airport field. The p-51D model Mustangs stayed in service for long after World War II ended.
This is one of America's classic aircraft of World War II, the P-51 Mustang!