North American P-51D Mustang
American long-range fighter, considered by many as the finest fighter of World War II. First saw service with the RAF, and used extensively by the US Army Air Forces (USAAF). Highly durable, renowned for speed and agility, and armed with six .50 calibre/12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns. Detroit Miss was flown by 1st Lt. Urban "Ben" Drew of the 357th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group (“Yellow Jackets"). Drew, flying Detroit Miss, shot down the first two Me-262’s of the war.
The Mustang was used as a fighter-bomber, a reconnaissance aircraft, and to escort bomber runs deep into Germany. The P-51 served in Europe and the Pacific in WW II, and also began the Korean War as the United Nations main fighter. Its attack role changed with the advent of jet aircraft, but, it remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s.