- Higher Combat Strength (85 vs. 80) and Ranged Strength (85 vs. 80).
- Higher Movement (6 vs. 4).
- Gains +5 attack against fighter aircraft.
- Gains +50% experience.
- May perform Patrols to Intercept incoming enemy aircraft.
- Requires no resources.
As the only unique flying unit, the P-51 Mustang allows the Americans to rest easy if a civilization with a strong air force tries to pick a fight with them. It receives a combat bonus against other air fighter units and gains 50% more XP, allowing it to quickly earn promotions that make it an even more effective defender. In addition, it can be built without Aluminum, and its superior flight range allows it to travel farther than a standard Fighter in search of a base from which to attack enemy units or cities.
However, the P-51 Mustang is still an air unit, making it easy prey for Battleships and Anti-Air Guns. But thanks to its strength and XP bonuses, it can more easily stand up to enemy units, and even face Brazil's fearsome Minas Geraes if you have enough of them with the right promotions!
Civilopedia entry Edit
With the coming of WW2, it was quickly apparent that America’s fighter aircraft were obsolete and not-up-to-snuff against the German and Japanese fighters, so the United States sold the old planes to the British and Russians and developed the P-51 “Mustang.” Designed to specifications supplied by the British Purchasing Commission as a long-range, high-altitude, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber and bomber escort – able to outperform the best Luftwaffe fighters above 15,000 feet and outlast the Japanese fighters – the prototype was unveiled in September 1940. By 1943, Mustangs were in service on every American front, knocking the enemy out of the skies with abandon. Even with the advent of jet fighters, the old warbird served during the Korean War as a fighter-bomber. Afterward, those that weren’t scrapped were sold as surplus, most of which were converted for the obscure sport of air racing or restored for the obscure spectacle of air shows.
- The markings on the P-51 Mustang's model are the same as those of the "Red Tails" squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen.
- The ability to land on Aircraft Carriers may point to the P-51 Mustang as being its 'D' variant, which was designed to operate from carriers in real life.