P-51 Mustang Fighter

P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang (US Gov. Photo)

The North Americans Aviation P-51 Mustang entered service in the middle year of World War II. In the Korean War, the Mustang, by then redesignated F-51, was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighters took over this role.

The F-51D Mustangs in ROKAF(Republic of Korea Air Force) service.


At the outbreak of the Korean War, the Republic of Korea Air Force(ROKAF) was equipped with only dozens of trainer planes and few liason planes. ROKAF did not have any combat aircraft. The North American F-51D was the first combat aircraft received from US and 10 pilots were trained only 1 week at the Japan and joined to the war. It was only a month after the Korean war outbreak. When they bring the aircraft from the Japan, they did not have enough time to paint ROK marking so that they brought aircraft with US marking. When they came to Korea, they simply painted Taegeuk(circle part of Korean flag) mark over the US star mark and the first ROKAF aircraft F-51 joined Korean War. This temporary aircraft marking became the official ROKAF aircraft roundel thereafter.