MUSTANG XP51: The New look of P51 Mustang aircraft
MUSTANG XP51 project is a reworking of the 1940s P51 Mustang aircraft done by Moon Jeong-ha.
About P51 Mustang Aircraft
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is a long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber that was utilised by the United States during World War II and the Korean War, among other wars. In response to a need from the British Purchasing Commission, a team led by James Kindelberger of North American Aviation (NAA) created the Mustang in April 1940. North American Aviation was contacted by the Purchasing Commission to construct Curtiss P-40 fighters for the Royal Air Force under licence (RAF). Rather than replicating an obsolete design from another business, North American Aviation advocated designing and manufacturing a more contemporary fighter.
MUSTANG XP51: Inspiration
The P51 Mustang, which serves as the project’s foundation, is a long-distance single-seat propeller fighter used by the Allied Forces during World War II. It was mostly employed for military purposes until the early 1980s, and it is now widely used for civilian purposes. This project was carried out in accordance with the historical and universal nature of the existing P51.
The XP51 is intended to be a single-seater lightweight aircraft in the size range of tiny aircraft. Furthermore, the XP51 is planned in two variants: manned and unmanned air vehicles. The manned version was utilised for personal transportation and air pleasure (for example, air racing), but the unmanned version can be used for air reconnaissance, surveillance, and unmanned attack aircraft that demand long-range and term flying as well as pilot safety.
The aircraft’s aerodynamic shape was the most significant aspect, and that was the reason it was developed with a concentration on the flow of smooth form and soft surface. Rather than the aggressive surface or edge flow, the emphasis was on demonstrating the ratio of lightweight aircraft to feel cheery.
Because there is no canopy, the unmanned variant has a simpler and more full morphological feature in the silhouette. The manned version, on the other hand, is configured to lead to a smooth curve from the front to the back of the fuselage, and it is built with caution not to harm the clean form owing to the canopy protrusion.
The XP51 is intended to be an aeroplane powered by electricity. As a result, the old P51’s air intake under the fuselage was no longer required, but it was reinvented with a voluminous design while retaining morphological traits. With this voluminous morphological feature, the pilot may secure a deeper hip point in the case of the manned version, which implies that even a tall pilot will have adequate room to board.
The purpose of the wide tapered wing is to provide enough lift to keep amateur pilots who enjoy flying from falling into a low-speed situation (stall) and having a stable flight, as well as to provide safe flight time for aircraft to arrive on the runway through non-powered flights in emergency situations where batteries are discharged. A built-in ladder allows the pilot to quickly mount and descend the aircraft without the need for extra stairs or ladders close to the aircraft.
Moon Jeong-ha is a student at Kyung-hee University in the Republic of Korea, where he is pursuing a degree in the Department of Industrial Design. He’s interested in the external design of automobiles and aircraft. You can watch more of his work at Behance