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  • In World of Warplanes the P-51A is a classic representative of the American fighter branch.

  • It is fast, high-flying, good at vertical fight.

  • Let's go through this point by point.

  • The aircraft is not very agile.

  • When it comes to turning speed, the P-51A will only beat a few Corsair configurations.

  • As far general maneuverability goes, the fighter can also be a match for the German Friedrich.

  • P-51A is not heavily armed.

  • It usually carries 12mm or 7mm machine guns.

  • Because of this it is considerably outgunned by almost all of its rivals.

  • The only fighter with less firepower is the Yak-1M.

  • Let’s now talk about the strengths.

  • The Mustang is very durable.

  • Among similar machines, only a fully upgraded Corsair is tougher.

  • The German fighter can also compete with a non-upgraded P-51A in durability.

  • But this pales in comparison with the Mustangs main strengthits speed.

  • In this the aircraft outshines all other planes of the same tier.

  • That’s all for the characteristics. Let’s look at the upgrades.

  • Since speed is the main advantage of this airplane, you should get the top V-1650-3 engine as the first step.

  • However, after upgrading to the intermediate variant, V-1710-81, you should research the P-51A airframe.

  • This compensates for the agility loss from equipping the top armament, and will boost the plane’s speed.

  • Machine guns MG-53-2 have to be researched last.

  • They have a higher rate of fire and cause more damage.

  • You can also upgrade your armament by researching the M8 rockets.

  • However, installing the rockets will reduce your speed a lot, and hurt your already poor agility.

  • When equipped with heavy machine guns, the Mustang has an effective weapon range of approximately 500-600 meters.

  • As we are done with upgrades, let’s move on to flight levels.

  • As mentioned, the P-51A is a high-altitude fighter.

  • It has excellent speed, and a good rate of climb.

  • So vertical maneuvers will be our primary tactic.

  • On lower altitudes the Mustang doesn’t feel very comfortable.

  • Its optimal altitude starts from 950 meters. Lower down controls are sluggish and it crashes easily.

  • The optimal altitude for aerial combat is between 1 km and 1700 meters.

  • Top speed is reached at 1600 meters.

  • Major clashes with the enemy are best fought here.

  • But do not forget about higher altitudes either.

  • The optimal range extends to nearly three kilometers, and speed remains high even at that altitude.

  • You can climb this high to disengage from an enemy.

  • P-51A’s afterburner time doesn’t stand out among fighters of the same tier.

  • The engine does cool off pretty quickly, and afterburning can be used for climbing as well as in horizontal flight.

  • Now let’s move on to combat.

  • Early in the battle you want to climb to 2000 – 2200 meters.

  • It’s best to join a large group of allied fighters.

  • Since the armament is not very powerful, going head to head with a powerful enemy can end badly.

  • Slow fighters with low durability are priority targets.

  • You can also hunt down enemy heavy fighters.

  • Since the Mustang excels in vertical combat, you should make use of Boom and Zoom tactics.

  • The main thing is to always climb away, even if the attack was unsuccessful.

  • Second best is targeting agile enemy fighters.

  • You need to fight them on the vertical, and not get engaged in a turning fight.

  • When engaging light fighters you should primarily rely on speed.

  • You can always climb to escape from slow aircraft.

  • Warplanes with low altitude capacity should be lured to the highest altitude possible.

  • Their engines will be low on power here, and youll have the advantage.

  • When targeting attack aircraft or heavy fighters you need to adjust speed carefully in order to avoid missing the target in a dive.

  • You shouldn’t linger under the fire of crew gunners. Your engine may get damaged and youll lose the speed advantage.

  • The main thing to remember is not to engage attack aircraft or heavy fighters head-on.

  • Your high durability won’t save you from heavy armament.

  • As for ground targets, they should only be targeted when carrying rockets.

  • Otherwise you won’t be able to cause any serious damage.

  • Its best is to leave ground targets to the more suitable teammates, and to focus on your own jobdestroying enemy planes.

  • Let’s now examine the team game battle scheme.

  • When picking warplanes for your team you should take differences in speed into account.

  • Slow aircrafts are not easy to escort.

  • The best option is to build a team from heavy fighters of the same tier.

  • Our plane is the perfect escort.

  • Let’s sum it up! P-51A is not an easy plane to master,

  • But it will definitely give you a real feeling of speed.

In World of Warplanes the P-51A is a classic representative of the American fighter branch.

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World of Warplanes: P-51A Guide

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    羅致   posted on 2014/05/23
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