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Comparison of Messerschmitt Bf 109 and North American P-51 Mustang


Direct side-by-side comparison of two aircraft.


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SUBJECTS
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Aircraft
North American P-51D Mustang
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
BASICS
CREW
1
CREW
1
PRODUCTION
35,500 units [Diff.+19,914]
PRODUCTION
15,586 units [Diff.-19,914]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
28.67 ft (8.74 m) [Diff.-3.64 ft]
LENGTH
32.32 ft (9.85 m) [Diff.+3.64 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
32.35 ft (9.86 m) [Diff.-4.69 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
37.04 ft (11.29 m) [Diff.+4.69 ft]
HEIGHT
11.15 ft (3.40 m) [Diff.-2.49 ft]
HEIGHT
13.65 ft (4.16 m) [Diff.+2.49 ft]
SIZE COMPARISON
NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7
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North American P-51D Mustang
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT
4,440 lb (2,014 kg) [Diff.-2,681 lb]
EMPTY WT
7,121 lb (3,230 kg) [Diff.+2,681 lb]
MTOW
6,100 lb (2,767 kg) [Diff.-5,501 lb]
MTOW
11,601 lb (5,262 kg) [Diff.+5,501 lb]
INSTALLED POWER
1 x Daimler-Benz DB 605A liquid-cooled, inverted V, 12-cylinder piston engine developing 1,200 horsepower driving a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
1 x Packard V-1650-7 Merlin liquid-cooled inline piston engine developing 1,590 horsepower driving four-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
359 mph (578 kph) [Diff.-78 mph]
SPEED
437 mph (703 kph) [Diff.+78 mph]
RANGE
680 miles (1,095 km) [Diff.-171 miles]
RANGE
851 miles (1,370 km) [Diff.+171 miles]
CEILING
36,499 ft (11,125 m) [Diff.-5,400 feet]
CEILING
41,900 ft (12,771 m) [Diff.+5,400 feet]
ARMAMENT
VARIABLE:
1 x cannon in propeller hub (version-dependent).
2 to 4 x 7.9mm machine guns in engine cowling or wings (version-dependent).
2 x cannons in underwing gunpods (certain versions).

Provision for external drop bombs and aerial rockets in later production marks.
Dependent upon model, includes any of the following:

4 x 20mm long-barrel Hispano-Suiza cannons in wings (two guns to a wing).
2 x 0.50 caliber Browning M2 heavy machine guns in nose (A-36).
4 x 0.50 caliber Browning M2 heavy machine guns in wings (two guns to a wing).

P-51D:
6 x 0.50 cal Browning M2 Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) in wings (three guns to a wing).

OPTIONAL:
Up to 1,000 lb (454kg) of conventional drop bombs, rockets, or fuel drop tanks carried under wing.
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