RAF & Commonwealth Mustangs
The P-51 Mustang owes its origins to a British requirement and served the RAF well in several theatres, as Andrew Thomas describes
In early 1940, North American Aviation put forward a proposal to the British Purchasing Commission (BPC) – it was a plan that would result in the creation of a legendary fighter. In the hands of Vance Breese, the first prototype flew on October 26, 1940. The BPC was impressed and gave the go-ahead for production.