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Photo Recon P-51

Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:13 am

I know its its a cliché, but the P-51 is my favorite fighter. Twenty minutes ago, I'd have said I was familier with all the varients, but I am pleasantly surprised to find this is not the case. Apparently there is such a thing as an F-6K... a K model that has been equipped for photo recon work.

Thats all well and good, but what exactly was done to the aircraft. I cannot see any changes from a standard D or a K.



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RE: Photo Recon P-51

Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:57 am

Only major difference between a D or a K was the propeller and where it was manufactured; P-51K's used an Aeroproducts propeller in place of the Hamilton Standard propeller, and were built in Dallas, TX. However, most K's were refitted with the Hamilton Standard propeller later on.
 
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RE: Photo Recon P-51

Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:02 am

Cameras in the rear fuselage. I can't copy the URL but google:

Modeller's Guide to Late P-51 Mustang Variants - IPMS Stockholm
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RE: Photo Recon P-51

Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:24 pm

Just wondering.....considering the flags denoting "kills" on the side, were these particular photo recon a/c also armed?
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RE: Photo Recon P-51

Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:45 pm

Hi Mayor. Yea the F6s were armed, one of the more famous F-6D was (Edit - The Flying Undertaker was his later P-51D not the F-6D. Sorry ) flown by Maj W. Shomo and carried 8 kills. The orignal Frenesi with the 357th FG was a P-51D-5 and was not a photo bird. HTH  

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I found a picture in Airliners Net that might help you g38
Margaret is a really nice restored F-6D and you can see the camera ports in the side. There was also on under the fues, along the same area as the 2 ports. Also the RAAF had a diferent Photo bubble canopy Mustangs that had a bigger side window. HTH, Darren

http://www.airliners.net/photo/North...d=0e4692781d68cf22f2596bced6c824b9




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RE: Photo Recon P-51

Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:26 pm

There should be a camera port on the side of the fuselage we are looking at. I didnt see them so i think that when this aircraft was restored it was restored to the fighter variant not the recon verson
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RE: Photo Recon P-51

Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:04 pm

Quoting n901wa (Reply 4):
found a picture in Airliners Net that might help you g38
Margaret is a really nice restored F-6D and you can see the camera ports in the side.

Here's a great pic showing it was armed (guns and bomb racks) as well as having the camera port at the rear end of the national insignia.


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