Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
P-51 Mustang is the nickname for the deadliest and greatest air-to-air fighter aircraft of World War II.
At the beginning of World War II, England desperately needed some fighter aircraft and sought to buy several Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" fighters from the United States. The United States, in dire need of fighter aircraft itself, was reluctant to release the fighters that were scheduled to go to the Flying Tigers in China. North American Aviation (NAA) saved the day by buying plans for a future design (XP-46) from Curtiss-Wright Aviation.
NAA modified the design, which became the Mustang, and built and flew the P-51 in 102 days in an effort to meet the British request. The aircraft was an immediate success. The British modified the airplane by replacing the Allison engine with a Roll-Royce Merlin engine resulting in the creation of the best air-to-air fighter aircraft of World War II. By war's end, more than 5,000 enemy aircraft were destroyed by pilots of the P-51 "Mustang." ( photo caption )
Ammunition belts are loaded into the wing of a North American P-51 Mustang at Honnington, England, September 22, 1944.
Location. 33° 39.687′ N, 78° 55.702′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at Touch for map. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II (a few steps from this marker); Nuclear and Atomic Veterans (a few steps from this marker); Warrior (a few steps from this marker); F-100 D/F Super Sabre (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Aircraft Nose Art (within shouting distance of this marker); A-7D Corsair (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Also see . . . North American P-51 Mustang on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 23, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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