AIR: New Star in the Sky

Slashing air combat over savagely defended aircraft plants deep in Germany made a spectacular formal debut last week for the newest and hottest U.S. Army fighter: the P-51B Mustang. Airmen wagged their heads and wondered whether, at long last, this was it—the single-seater that had everything.

"Everything," for a fighter plane, covers a lot of ground. But on its battle performance the P-51B was clearly fast, rugged and maneuverable enough to tackle any foe at any altitude. Top speed is well over 400 m.p.h., ceiling above 40,000 ft. The Mustang packs plenty of...

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