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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.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|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-5NA is a high altitude turnfighter. 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-5NA 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-5NA can turn impressively as well, outmanoeuvring 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 turnfighter 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-5NA will not perform as good against jets, as it does not have comparable speeds. BnZ 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-5NA 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 outturn you while the Me 262 will outrun you.
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
- .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
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- Other variants in-game
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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- Hawker Tempest
- Kawanishi N1K
- Kawasaki Ki-100
- Lavochkin La-9
- Messerschmitt Bf 109
- Nakajima Ki-84
- Supermarine Spitfire
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|North American Aviation|
|Attackers||A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J|
|Fighters||P-51 · P-51A · P-51D-5 · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-30 · P-51H-5-NA · F-82E|
|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 · F-100D|
|Export||␗B-25J-30 · ▂B-25J-30 · J26 · ▄Mustang Mk IA · ␗P-51D-20 · ␗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.|
|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|