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Subject: Construction drawings (blue prints)
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: dstrem-ga
List Price: $15.50
Posted: 13 Jul 2002 14:00 PDT
Expires: 12 Aug 2002 14:00 PDT
Question ID: 39309
Want factory drawings (blue prints) for North American P-51D Mustang
world war two fighter aircraft.
Subject: Re: Construction drawings (blue prints)
Answered By: silviares-ga on 15 Jul 2002 15:52 PDT
Hello dstream-ga

There is not lack of information on the web about the North American
P-51D Mustang as huntsman-ga's exhaustive comment indicates.

I looked a little further to find you the drawings and blueprints and
I found a few sites that I think have what you are looking for.

The first site is where you will find the
blueprints for the North American P-51D Mustang under the Fighters
-Propeller category, here is the direct URL
(the URL is too long and the editor split it, you have to join the two
lines together)
This is a GIF file and if you have a small screen you might have to
increase the resolution to read all the small details. Another
alternative is to contact (the owner of the site)
and see if he can send you a paper copy.

Another place is:
This one has the advantage that you can download these blueprints as a
zip file.

If  "3views" are good enough for you then you can check out these
other two pages:

I have found this page titled 
"Blueprints: Where to find them, how to use them"
This is where I started my search but I thought I would provide you
the link in case you might want to look for other blueprints.

The terms for my google search where "aircraft blueprints drawings"

Subject: Re: Construction drawings (blue prints)
From: huntsman-ga on 14 Jul 2002 00:25 PDT

As you probably know, the original P-51 Mustang aircraft
( was
designed in 1940, and the bubble-canopied P-51D Mustang
( was introduced in
1944. A brief history of this famous WWII fighter can be seen here:

USAF Museum
North American P-51 "Mustang" 
The Mustang was designed and built by North American Aviation, which
later became part of Boeing
Unfortunately in your case, Boeing does not provide blueprints or
plans of its aircraft: see the notice at the bottom of their Contacts
page (

However, there is a great deal of P-51 information on the Web: some
other P-51 Mustang resources that may help you are listed below.

Thank you, 


Possible Sources of Blueprints -

Check with the following individuals, companies, and organizations
about the availability of blueprints and production drawings.

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has simplified P-51D line
drawings online in several resolutions:

P-51 Mustang Graphics Collection

Skytamer Images has a more detailed plan view with specifications:

North American P-51D Mustang

Thomas Suurland, a Danish game developer and 3D artist, has online
plan and elevation views of the P-51D Mustang. He may have
higher-definition versions of these illustrations:

Thomas Suurland - Home Page

P-51D Plan Views

The following set of P-51 Mustang CD-ROMs contains a searchable
collection of original reference and training manuals, photos,
drawings, blueprints, part numbers, item descriptions, tech orders,
operational and maintenance procedures. It also includes a
bibliography of available Mustang books:

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the P-51 Mustang

Working from original North American blueprints, Square One Aviation
is a primary source for P-51D Mustang restorations, maintenance, and

Square One Aviation
Warbird Restoration and Maintenance
7000 Merrill Ave  
P.O. Box 68 - Hangar P-200 
Chino, CA 91710 
Tel: 909-597-6269  
Fax: 909-393-4268

"We can overhaul or manufacture all major sub assemblies for the P-51
Mustang. Utilizing a complete set of jigs and original North American
blueprints, we're able to offer limited production runs on Air
Induction Trunks, Engine Mounts, Cowlformers. All sub-assemblies are
manufactured to the highest standards of quality and original
manufacturers' blueprints."

Square One's sister company offers P-51D Mustang parts and

Pioneer Air Service
7000 Merrill Ave,, #43  
Hangar E1-12 
Chino, CA 91710
Fax: (909)597-7550

"We have the largest and most complete selection of North American
P-51 and TF-51 parts."
"All parts sold are either original North American or remanufactured
to original North American specifications from original blueprints."

This 51D Mustang kit plane is being built to 72% scale using the
original blueprints:

Kit Airplane Forum
Norm Hall's Stewart S-51D Mustang

A cutaway view and additional information about the kit Mustang can be
seen here:

Precision Aero Engineering, LLC

The following book, originally published in Great Britain, has two
large fold-out cutaway views of the original 1941-44 Mustang (the
predecessor of the bubble-canopied "D" model) with details of the
cockpit and other features:

"Mustang 1", pp. 94-97
Classic World War II Aircraft Cutaways
Bill Gunston
Barnes & Noble Books, New York 1999
ISBN 0-7607-1399-5
Barnes & Noble Web site listing:


Aviation Museums -

Check with the following aviation museums:

Pima Air & Space Museum

San Diego Aerospace Museum

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

US Air Force Museum

War Eagles Air Museum


Additional Resources -

All Mustang lovers should start here:

The North American P-51 Mustang

Here's their big list of P-51 links and resources:

P-51 Mustang Links

Here are several good images of the Mustang during production:

Early Years of the P-51

Basic P-51 specifications:

P-51 Mustang Specifications

This company overhauls, restores, and maintains piston engines used in

Mystery Aire, Ltd.

Training and orientation flights are available in a dual-control

Stallion 51

Junior Birdmen! Save your allowance and be the first kid on your block
to get one:

Sidewalk Flyers
P-51 Master Kit


Search Terms & Google Results -

p-51 mustang blueprints

P-51 mustang restorations

air museum
Subject: Re: Construction drawings (blue prints)
From: huntsman-ga on 15 Jul 2002 19:24 PDT

Silviares is right: there is a great deal of P-51 information on the

As an update to my earlier comment, I telephoned the aircraft restorer
Square One Aviation and their sister parts company, Pioneer Air
Service. Both informed me they did not have P-51D blueprints for sale:
the companies' owner apparently bought their plans many years ago.
However, they suggested contacting the Boeing company directly.

North American Aviation, the manufacturer of the P-51, was absorbed by
Boeing, and Boeing does not provide plans for their products
( One reason for this,
as explained by Square One Aviation, might be the desire to avoid any
potential liability.

If someone were to build their own full-size P-51D from Boeing's
blueprints, and then have an accident while flying it, Boeing might be
sued for any presumed deficiency in the plans. Obviously this would
not a happy scenario for anybody. Unfortunately, this might also be a
roadblock to obtaining an actual set of manufacturer's blueprints.

However, Boeing may still be able to help you. The FAQ (Frequently
Asked Questions) page at the online Boeing Store
( states that aircraft
*modelers* can email requests for aircraft drawings to the following

Gay Hawkins

If you are a scale aircraft modeler, there are several sources of
detailed P-51D information available. One of Silviares' links leads to
a pair of books that may be just what you need:

Flight Journal
Bert Kinzey's P-51 Mustang in detail & scale

You might also try the following search:

P-51D model drawings

Good Luck,

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