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How a Subtle Design Change Transformed Fighter Planes

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How a Subtle Design Change Transformed Fighter Planes

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What made the P-51 Mustang such an effective aircraft was its light, all-aluminum fuselage and an innovative wing design that gave it a huge advantage in the air.

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With its long-distance range and highflying dogfighting abilities, the P-51 Mustang was designed to dominate the skies and help end World War II. And it did. Take flight on an aircraft that symbolized the power and romance of the fighter, a plane that continues to stun and amaze today. We track the history of this nimble, robust Air Warrior, from its international origins to the challenges it overcame in the battle for air superiority over Europe, captured through compelling firsthand testimony and rarely seen combat footage.

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