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|This page is about the American fighter P-51H-5-NA. For other versions, see P-51 (Family).|
The P-51H-5-NA is a rank IV American fighter with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.".
The P-51H-5NA is the last propeller plane in the USAAF fighter line. While retaining all features the earlier versions may offer, its powerplant is upgraded.
The P-51H-5NA handles much better than its predecessors. It has a noticeably improved rate of climb that is one of the best in the game when it comes to propeller driven aircraft. It is also an extremely fast aircraft and can out run and climb almost all opponents in most situations. I's turn rate isn't as good as some other aircraft at its rank so don't get into long turning battles that take up large amounts of energy. However, it can turn well at higher speeds, but doing so is more risky considering that other aircraft can dogfight better by turning at lower speeds at a greater rate. The best way to use the advantages of the aircraft's speed and clime-rate is to use boom and zoom tactics. Handling and speed are diminished when bombs are loaded, which is the same for all aircraft. The key to winning in this aircraft is to stay fast, stay high, and pick your battles. It can be an extremely deadly aircraft if flown by an experienced pilot.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 7,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
- 19.05 mm Steel plate in front of the engine.
- 6.35 mm Steel plate between the engine and pilot.
- 15.87 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
The P-51H-5-NA is armed with:
- 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (260 rpg outer + 260 rpg mid + 390 rpg inner = 1,820 total)
The P-51H-5-NA can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 6 x HVAR rockets
- 6 x M8 rockets
- 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (200 lb total)
- 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (500 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 6 x HVAR rockets (500 lb total)
- 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs + 6 x HVAR rockets (200 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 6 x HVAR rockets (1,000 lb total)
Usage in battles
The P-51H-5-NA is a high altitude turn fighter. It has impressive performance against most props it may face and it can put a considerable fight against earlier jets. Compared to its German and British counterparts, it outperforms them by a fair amount in engine performance. The P-51H-5-NA can also be used as a strike fighter, as it can have great loadouts of combinations of bombs and rockets for this purpose.
Whilst having great engine performance, the P-51H-5-NA can turn impressively as well, out-manoeuvring most of its German counterparts. It has good ordnance, capable of shooting any aircraft down with relative ease, as well as being able to dodge incoming attacks by jets. It has a good climb rate which also gives it an option to put up a fight against jet encounters, being able to perform boom and zoom attacks as its energy retention is good. It has a tendency to break its wings while zoom climbing at speeds higher than 550km/h. It also uses high octane fuel, which means it has considerable susceptibility to fire.
At low altitude, fighting with a turn fighter mindset will mostly work. If jets are present, try not to drop your speeds too much, as you may need to dodge multiple shots. The P-51H-5-NA will not perform as good against jets, as it does not have comparable speeds. Boom and Zoom attacks are the most effective against jets, as this manoeuvre mostly removes the speed out of the equation.
Most enemies faced by the P-51H-5-NA will be easily taken down, but unfortunately it also faces jets from time to time. Me 262 and Ho 229 are the biggest predators of this plane. The Ho 229 will out-turn you while the Me 262 will outrun you.
Since all matches will be an equal 1:1, the P-51H will have a great disadvantage since historically speaking during World War 2, the P-51s outnumbered the advanced German fighters leading them to victory, but since it will be an equal number battle, you will need to find a pair, a group or maybe even pack-up your whole team of fighters and escort the bombers, that way, the allied team's less manoeuvrable planes will have a greater chance of survival, not just to your own success, but to the team's victory.
Since the P-51H-5-NA has a good engine and fast climb rate, you should be higher than ALL the enemies since it's going to be hard for allied planes to turn fight with both German and Japanese planes. This is one of the main advantages of American planes: powerful engines, to out-climb and out-speed most of their German counters, because most of the time, even a 1v1 turn-fight with a Bf 109 and Fw 190 will result of you being defeated assuming the pilot knows how to fly, in order to avoid this, Boom and Zoom is the best way to get a kill with a P-51H-5-NA.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Auto control available
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
|Combined|| Not controllable
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm||FSBC mk.1|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||FRC mk.2||FSBC mk.5|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||New 12 mm MGs||FMBC mk.1|
|IV||G-suit||Engine injection||Cover||Rocket Launcher M10||FLBC mk.1|
Pros and cons
- Great top speed for a prop-driven aircraft
- Respectable armament of 6 x 12.7mm (.50 calibre) machine guns
- One of the most manoeuvrable P-51s in the game
- Good climb rate
- Good payload options
- Good acceleration
- .50 calibre machine guns aren't nearly as powerful compared to cannons, but will still do the job
- High crew training and purchase cost - the same as the F-80A-5 Shooting Star
- Can be up-tiered to fight against early jets
- Limited WEP, once it runs out the planes performance drops dramatically
- High repair cost on both RB and SB
The P-51H-5-NA was the last developed and built P-51 aircraft produced by the United States. It was the culmination of all American propeller aircraft technology. Despite this, the aircraft was too late to participate in World War 2 and did not see combat in the Korean War due to the readiness and large numbers of P-51D's in the United States' arsenal. The P-51H-5-NA and propeller aircraft in general began to be replaced by early jet aircraft and would continue to be replaced as jet technology further improved during the late 1940s and 1950s.
Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.
- Other variants in-game
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D
- Focke-Wulf Ta 152
- Hawker Tempest
- Kawanishi N1K
- Kawasaki Ki-100
- Lavochkin La-9
- Messerschmitt Bf 109
- Nakajima Ki-84
- Supermarine Spitfire
- Yakovlev Yak-9
|North American Aviation|
|Fighters||P-51 · P-51A · P-51D-5 · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-30 · P-51H-5-NA · F-82E|
|PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J|
|Bombers||B-25J-1 · B-25J-20|
|Jet Fighters||FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232|
|F-86A-5 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-35|
|Export / Licence||␗B-25J-30 · ▂B-25J-30|
|▄Mustang Mk IA · ␗P-51D-20 · J26 · ␗P-51K|
|␗F-86F-30 · F-86F-30 ▅ · F-86F-40 ▅ · F-86F-40 JASDF▅ · ␗F-86F-40 · ▀F-86K · ▄F-86K (Italy) · ▄F-86K (France)|
|␗F-100A · ▄F-100D|
|The North American Aviation allowed Canadair Limited to license-build the F-86 as the CL-13 for use in Canada and to export to Europe.|
|The North American Aviation allowed Fiat to license-build the F-86K for the Italian Air Force though another 120 NAA built F-86Ks were also sold to the Italians.|
|See Also||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries · Canadair Limited · Fiat Aviation|
|P-26 Peashooter||P-26A-33 · P-26A-34 · P-26A-34 M2 · P-26B-35|
|P-36 Hawk||P-36A · Rasmussen's P-36A · P-36C · P-36G|
|P-39 Airacobra||P-400 · P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5|
|P-40||P-40C · P-40E-1 · P-40F-10|
|P-47 Thunderbolt||P-47D-25 · P-47D-28 · P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-47N-15|
|P-51 Mustang||P-51 · P-51A (Thunder League) · P-51D-5 · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-30 · P-51H-5-NA|
|P-63 Kingcobra||P-63A-5 · P-63A-10 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra|
|F2A Buffalo||F2A-1 · Thach's F2A-1 · F2A-3|
|F3F||F3F-2 · Galer's F3F-2|
|F4F Wildcat||F4F-3 · F4F-4|
|F4U Corsair||F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1D · F4U-1C · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214|
|F6F Hellcat||F6F-5 · F6F-5N|
|F8F Bearcat||F8F-1 · F8F-1B|
|Other countries||▃Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ▃A6M2 · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc|