Wasn't the british spitfire suposedly superior to our p51?
The biggest drawback to the spitfire was its range, only capable of going 250 miles from England. The P-51 Mustang's final design was capable of going 2600 miles when extra drop-tanks were attached to the wings.
Here's a history page on the plane. It pretty much explains the advantages over the spitfire and its devasting effects on the Luftwaffe.
The P-51 was right for NW Europe, but not necessarily for the Pacific... and definitely not for the Korean War. The P-82 (later the F-82) Twin Mustang was intended for B-29 escort and air superiority roles in the Far East, but the atomic bomb doomed it to relative obscurity; the first aerial combat victory for the newly-formed USAF was, however, made by an F-82 in the first days of the Korean War (which brought many WWII B-29s out of mothballs).
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