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P - 51D Mustang Kit Carson Diecast Airplane Model by Corgi

P - 51D Mustang Kit Carson Diecast Airplane Model by Corgi - click to enlarge
Item# AA32207
$35.00
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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 During the Korean Conflict, P-51D's were used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in 1953.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

Top scorer of the 357th Fighter Group with 18.5 aerial victories (plus 3.5 more by strafing) was Leonard ‘Kit’ Carson. Scoring all of his kills in a single tour with the 362nd Fighter Squadron and using five Mustang’s all called ‘Nooky Booky’, he in fact achieved most of his tally in the last six months of the war in his fourth Mustang, a P-51K (Nooky Booky IV), including five in one sortie on 27th November 1944.

History Channel Edition.



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

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