Thunder Mustang: The Fastest Piston Powered Kit Plane Ever Built
The extraordinary Thunder Mustang offers its owner a unique blend of speed, maneuverability and mystique. Given the power to weight ratio, it outperforms the original North American P-51D fighter at a fraction of the cost.
Thunder Mustang kits contain everything from the spinner, prop and engine to the tail wheel, less your choice of instruments, avionics, paint and upholstery. Each piece of the aircraft reflects professionalism in craftsmanship and technical achievement that sets a new standard for excellence. Extensive prefabrication helps reduce construction time and eliminate hassles.
Fabrication of the Thunder Mustang structural components employ the near exclusive use of carbon fiber pre preg cloth. These parts are cured under vacuum in a computer controlled oven. Carbon pre preg provides exceptional strength and light weight. Kevlar is used in addition to carbon fiber where the structure benefits. Some non structural parts are fabricated of epoxy/glass.
Thunder Mustang Details and Specifications
Powerplant 640 HP Falconer V-12 @ 4800 rpm
Displacement 601 cubic inches
Propeller MT 94.5“ four blade constant speed
Length 24.2 feet
Frontal Area 8.1 square feet
Wing Span 23.8 feet
Wing Area 104 square feet
Wing Loading 28.84 lbs./sq. ft.
Power Loading 5 lbs./hp
Gross weight 3,200 pounds
Empty Weight 2,100 pounds
Useful Load 1,100 pounds
Standard Fuel Capacity 102 gallons
Baggage Capacity 6.5 cu. ft.
Design Limit Load Factor +9/-6 Gs
Rate of climb @ 3000 lbs. gross wt. 5,500 feet per minute
Maximum level speed, sea level 390 mph/340 knots
Cruise speed @75% power 340 mph/295 knots
Range Approximately 1,000 nm @ econ. cruise
Service ceiling 24,000 feet
Limiting and Recommended Airspeeds
Vx (best angle of climb) 100 mph/87 knots
Vy (best rate of climb) 175 mph/155 knots
Va (design maneuvering) 255 mph/222 knots
Vfe (max flaps extended) 190 mph/165 knots
Vle (max landing gear extended) 170 mph/148 knots
Vne (never exceed) 505 mph/439 knots
Vs1 (stall, clean) 88 mph/78 knots
Vso (stall, in landing configuration) 79 mph/69 knots
Best glide 176 mph/153 knots