Note the P-40 type cockpit that latter became a full bubble, the twin 50's that are super long shrouded bbl gave way to 6 that were mounted further back after the wing cord was redesigned, and the lack of dorsal fin from rudder fwd on empfange. (yeah i just read a book on them lol) It's interesting tho, i was not aware at how poorly this plane that we all revere was received during initial testing . Only after they went with supercharges etc did it become what we know it as now the P51D
I'm going to drift a bit here (which of course i never do) but this is pretty cool, all three of the girls sorta specialize in getting me diffrent things, one buys gun books, one buys cloths, the other had always given me HD stuff, and when i had to hang up the scoot she changed to aviation related stuff.. her latest is "great aircraft of WWII" By Price, and Spick and the source of the above..
attempt?? They had successful taxiing tests, and scheduled a short flight, and the test pilot could not get the plane off the ground. Reason--he was unable to pull the stick back, so strong was the counter torque. So instead of building bigger biceps, they did some redesign of the controls.. Thus, the concept of "human factors" engineering was introduced at NA!!
No thats sure not in the book and an interesting story, i love stuff like that.. just heard the other day that they had the same issues with one of the German fighters.. can't remember if it was the FW or the Messerschmitt, one of the taildraggers anyway.. but they solved the issue by hitting the brakes and the inertia throwing the tail up..
What made the 51 great was the Merlin ENgine