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P - 51D Mustang "Gentleman Jim" Diecast Airplane Model by Corgi

P - 51D Mustang "Gentleman Jim" Diecast Airplane Model by Corgi - click to enlarge
Item# AA32208
$35.00
Availability: Usually ships the next business day.
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Product Description

In 1940, at the request of the British, the P-51A ("Mustang") fighter plane was designed by North American Aviation. The design showed promise and purchases of Allison-powered Mustangs began in 1941, primarily for photo reconnaissance and ground support use due to it's limited high-altitude performance. But in 1942, tests of P-51B's using the British Rolls-Royce "Merlin" engine revealed a much improved speed and service ceiling. In late 1943, Merlin-powered P-51B's entered into air combat over Europe. Providing high-altitude escort to B-17's and B-24's, the Mustang's scored heavily over German interceptors. By the end of the war, P-51's had destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft in the air, more than any other fighter in Europe.

Mustangs served in nearly every combat zone, including the Pacific. Over 14,800 P-51's were built by North American Aviation. During the Korean Conflict, P-51D's were used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in 1953.

Source and Links:
U.S.A.F. Museum.
New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum
National Aviation Museum, Canada
Curtis Fowles, P-51 Mustang Links

357th FG, 363rd FS, "Gentleman Jim", Jim Browning. P-51, 41-4937, named "Gentleman Jim", was flown by Capt. Jim Browing, an original member of the 357th FG. He was killed on February 9, 1945, in a midair collision with an Me-262 while flying Glen Zamke's "Junior Miss".

Limited Edition



Scale: 1/72, Wingspan: 6.25"
Loose Parts: (not suitable for young children)
Fully assembled.

Accessories

P - 51D Mustang
Corgi
From the days when the skies were the new frontiers, the Aviation Archive charts the history of flight, commemorating significant military and civil aircraft and events from the early pioneering years to the present day.

Using original plans and rare archive material, each aircraft and livery has been carefully researched and authenticated to bring the aviation enthusiast the finest range of collectable die cast models. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the models feature rubber tires, interchangeable undercarriage, rotating propellers where applicable and high quality printed livery details. Beautifully packaged, each replica comes with a display stand, and two sets of landing gear (gear up and gear down).