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The Tuskegee Airmen were brought into active combat duty in 1943, the same year as the P-51 was adopted. While the Red Tails were initially equipped with older model planes, by the time they were in active combat, the P-51 Mustang was the premier fighter the USAAF had, replacing almost all other light fighters in active combat.

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There is much debate whether the P-51 was the BEST plane in WW2 as there is not a clear definition of how it is the best, the same with almost anything. No doubt it was an invaluable asset to the USAF during the war.

If you pitted the P-51 against the RAF's Spitfire Mk.XIV, there would be no clear winner. The P-51 was a very heavily armed fighter with six M2 50. Cal machine guns, which proved to be extremely important in air battles and was often fitted with rockets when on Air-to-Ground missions. However the Spitfire had two 20mm cannons and four 7.7mm Machine Guns which some people believe to be the main reason the Spitfires defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was also faster but could not climb anywhere near the same height the Mustang.

So if there is any match for the P-51 it would be the Spitfire Mk.XIV in an Air-to-Air battle. But overall I dont think its really possible to say if it was the best unless it is specified which area it is the best in.

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It was the first aircraft which could actually escort bombers from the United Kingdom all the way to Germany.

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