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It used a 1,900hp Packard V-1650-9 engine with methanol injection, and had every imaginable airframe improvement learned during the Mustang’s WWII career.

They were the most common American fighter in the early post-WWII era.

The P-51H was the ultimate development of the Mustang.

This engine was a near-copy of the Argus model used on Germany’s V-1 buzz bomb, and intended for the Loon missile.

The problem with this set-up was the same as with every mixed-propulsion fighter ever tried; in that when the jets were shut off, they were just dead weight for the plane to lug around.

During WWII, it was being held back for the final invasion of Japan which then never happened.

During the Korean War, the US Air Force felt the P-51D model was tougher vs low-caliber AA fire in the ground attack mission, and the P-51H was not used there either.

With Germany’s defeat a few weeks later, the idea was dropped as Japan had no operational jets.

In late 1945, a P-51D was modified with two Ford PJ-31-1 pulsejets.

It had been planned that this version would debut during the late 1945 / early 1946 invasion of Japan, however WWII ended with the atomic bombings in August 1945.

When the contract was cancelled in early 1946, a total of 555 of the P-51H model had been built.

The modified Mustang was grossly uncompetitive on it’s piston engine alone.