August 17th, 2014, 04:55
The P-51H was a design progression of the P-51 line. The H model, although based on the D model, was almost completely redesigned to be much lighter in weight and much faster than the D model. The P-51H was a successful redesign and entered production in 1945, but World War II ended before any H models entered combat. With the end of the war, the production contract was cut and only 555 were produced. The H model did not see combat in Korea, reason being the USAF had far more P-51D's still in service and plenty of spare parts for the D model and the H models were relegated to National Guard units.