A Fighter And An Escort Changes The Course Of World War II

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P-51 Mustang: A Fighter and an Escort changes the course of World War II Theodore M. Aarstad Jr. United States Army Aviation Warrant Officer Career College Abstract [The abstract should be one paragraph of between 150 and 250 words. It is not indented. Section titles, such as the word Abstract above, are not considered headings so they don’t use bold heading format. Instead, use the Section Title style. This style automatically starts your section on a new page, so you don’t have to add page breaks. Note that all of the styles for this template are available on the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Styles gallery.] Keywords: [Click here to add keywords.] P-51 Mustang: A Fighter and an Escort changes the course of World War II Long before the B-17 came to be and, in fact, long before the United States would enter the Second World War, the Army Air Corps put out a request for bomber prototypes. Three companies answered the call with Boeing Airplane Company being one them. Originally labeled the Model 299, Boeing raised eyebrows in excitement by flying their offering 2,000 miles nonstop at an average speed of 252 mph from the plant in Seattle, WA to Wright Field, OH. As stated in the book Boeing Aircraft since 1916 by Peter M. Bowers (1966) (P. 245), the flight, the name, the armament, etc. “…resulted in a rash of publicity unlike that given to any individual aeroplane since the transatlantic flight of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis eight years before.” Unfortunately, before
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