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Discussion in 'Aviation' started by airacobra47, Aug 20, 2011.
Hey on this forum, talk about the production of the North American P-51 Mustang 8)
I think that the P-51 was the most-produced fighter of WWII.
Not even close. Not even most produced US fighter of WWII
What fighters had higher production numbers?
Certainly the Me109, Spitfire and P-47. Any others?
Wasn't the number of Me109s was almost double the P-51?
But the P51 was the most produced of American fighters, I was surprised I thought it would've been the P40
While I would not consider these numbers as 'the bible', Wiki says .
A total of 15,686 Thunderbolts of all types were built, making it second most produced American fighter of all time—after the 16,766 P-51 Mustangs
P-40 was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built,
Oops my bad I read the P 40 production figures wrong I thought it said 19,378 when it was actually 13,378.
Actually Fastmongrel, when you include licensed RAAF production, I think the Mustang was the most produced US Fighter by a small margin over the P-47 (IIRC)... I will have to go back and look.
America's Hundred Thousand shows the P-51 at 15,567, the P-47 at 15,683. I don't know if this includes any foreign manufacturing, probably not. Also, is the H included?
from USAAC/USAAF/USAF Fighter Aircraft
P-47B,C,D - 7952
P-51B,C,D,K - 13340 (P-51D - 8100)
I've always wondered how much earlier the P-51 could have entered production service had the USAAC been more agressive.
Late 1942/early '43 perhaps?
On time to be available at least in small numbers when the 8th AF began its operations from England to targets throughout northwestern Nazi-occupied Europe.