Few military airplanes have stayed strictly within the category in which they originally were designed. The North American Mustang, for instance a conventional single-engined fighter has just been adapted for dive bombing by the USAAF. The Mustang got that way based largely on British experience. The RAF for some time has been converting fighters like the Hurricane to fighter-bombers. The Mustang, now a dive bomber, designated A-36 (the P-51 will continue as a fighter), also is a deadly fighter with six machine guns after dropping its bombs.
This article was originally published in the June, 1943, issue of Flying including Industrial Aviation magazine, vol 32, no 6, p 43.
The original article includes 3 photos.
Photos credited to North American Aviation, British Combine.