The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber was fast, agile, and a pleasure to fly, making it a favorite among World War II pilots - a large number of whom were recognized as flying aces. In 1944, the Truman Senate War Investigating Committee called the P-51 "the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence." This artifact is a genuine P-51 Mustang rudder pedal on a custom mounting. Rudder pedals are standard airplane components that control the rudder, a moving surface on the vertical stabilizer. The rudder helps control the yaw, or left-right nose direction, of the plane. The rudder pedal has been cleaned and polished and attached to a 1/2"-thick sheet of hot-rolled steel with a plywood backing covered in black felt. A photograph of the P-51 set in a 6" by 8" clear acrylic sandwich frame with aluminum standoffs is mounted next to the pedal to complete this museum-quality display. The entire assembly has a stainless-steel French cleat on the back for hanging and an attached Custom Hangar plaque. Certificate of Authenticity included. Measures approximately 18"H x 22"W. Weighs approximately 18 lb. Made in U.S.A.
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