A-36 or P-51A? I.D. please

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  1. Feu

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    On another website this was identified as an A-36. I disagreed on the basis of there being no apparent evidence of dive brakes and it's being on a photo ship. It does have nose guns however and I'm not sure P-51As had them:
    412957_480697348648289_40975712_o.jpg

    I know the RAF were given one (A-36) for evaluationbut I searched these up and they seemed to support my conclusion:
    p51-f2.htm
    File:RAF A-36A 1.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    My only doubts stem fromthe presence of nose guns.
     
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    It looks like an A-36 but I think it's a P-51A. The RAF did evaluate an A-36, but it's serial was EW998
     
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    #3 Aozora, Jan 1, 2013
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    It is neither an A-36, nor is it a P-51A; it is an RAF Mustang I, the first version of the Mustang built specifically for the RAF: this is AG633 of 2 Sqn, an Army Cooperation Squadron from the RAF's Army Cooperation Command which, in 1943, formed the basis of the 2nd Tactical Air Force.

    1-Mustang I-page-001.jpg (Kinzey, P-51 Mustang in Detail and Scale, 1996)

    This is the RAF A-36 used as a trials aircraft; one small puzzle is that this A-36 looks as if it doesn't have the .50 cals under the nose, but closer inspection shows the blanked off gun ports.
    RAF A-36A 1.png

    RAF A-36A 2.png
     
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    when did they change to the 4 cannons instead of the mix of 50s and 30s?
     
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    Thanks Aozora. That explains the .50 cal nose gun mystery.
     
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    #6 stug3, Jan 1, 2013
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    I think 20mm were only tested in the P-51A, but not in RAF Mustangs.

    Nope, I was wrong.
    Mustang Mk.1A
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    Looks like Aoroza nailed it...

    9_16_b1.jpg mustang_2.jpg
     
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