8. P-51 Mustang
Plane Type: Fighter, Ground Attack Fighter-Bomber
Fought For: Allies (U.S.)
Complex Says: Although the Tuskegee Airmen flew a few different planes, the P-51 Mustang is the one for which they're most remembered. Members of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-51 Mustangs red, thus earning the nickname “Red Tails” or “Red-Tail Angels.” They flew with distinction, mostly as bomber escorts in Europe. They were later regarded as some of the best pilots the U.S. Air Force had produced in its history up to that point. Armament included six .50-cal machine guns and either 10 5-inch rockets or 2,000 pounds of bombs per plane.