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By: Jarrod Cotter, Maurice Hammond .
Fast and manoeuvrable with an unprecedented long range, the North American P-51 Mustang made a late appearance in the Second World War. Fitted with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine it became the high performance thoroughbred fighter that helped the Allies out-class the Luftwaffe in the crucial air battles over Europe in 1944-45.
Centrepieces of the North P-51 American Mustang Owners' Workshop Manual from Haynes are the pair of P-51D Mustangs, Janie and Marinell, which are owned and operated by the book's co-author Maurice Hammond. Marinell is a genuine Second World War combat veteran of the USAAF's 339th Fighter Group.
Restoration of these two warbirds to airworthy condition took Maurice and his team more than nine years. Maurice is probably unique in the warbird restoration world in not only having rebuilt his two Mustangs to airworthy condition, but he was also involved in overhauling the engines and test-flying one of the aircraft himself.
Inside the manual you can see a rare and fascinating photographic record of these ground-breaking restorations as well as read about the Mustang's illustrious combat history, and take a close-up look at how North American Aviation's classic fighter was built. You can also discover what it takes to restore and fly a Mustang and find out how engineers today keep surviving P-51s airworthy.
The North P-51 American Mustang Owners' Workshop Manual is fully illustrated with stunning archive photographs of the P-51 Mustang in action, as well as technical illustrations from North American's wartime engineering manuals, and images of those beautifully restored featured P-51D Mustangs in flight.