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P - 51 D Mustang Model Airplane - Tuskegee

P - 51 D Mustang Model Airplane - Tuskegee - click to enlarge
Item# AP51TADT
$130.00
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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 During the Korean Conflict, P-51D's were used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in 1953.

From: The Tuskegee Airmen Website
"Due to a rigid pattern of racial segregation that prevailed in the United States during World War II, approximately 992 aviators were trained at the Tuskegee Institute and also at an isolated training complex near Tuskegee Alabama. From the first graduating class on 7 March 1942, through the last class which graduated 29 June 1946, a total of 926 pilots earned their wings. Of these graduates, approximately 450 pilots went overseas to fly P-39, P-40, P-47 and P-51 fighter aircraft in combat. White American bomber crews reverently referred to them as "The Black Redtail Angels" because of the identifying red paint on the aircraft tail assemblies and because of their reputation for not losing bombers to enemy fighters as they provided fighter escort on bombing missions over targets in Europe. During World War II, 66 Tuskegee pilots were killed in action and another 32 became prisoners of war. During the war the Tuskegee Airmen faced the contradiction between fighting for democracy overseas and being denied civil rights at home. These pilots made their advances during one of the most difficult times for Blacks in our nation's history. Their hard work, common sense and devotion to America and to the idea that it stands for freedom for all continues today. In 1972, the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., was founded in Detroit, Michigan. Organized as a non-military and non-profit entity, the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., exists primarily to motivate young Americans to become participants in our nation's society and its democratic process. "

Source and Links:
U.S.A.F. Museum.
Wikipedia
The Tuskegee Airmen Website





Fully assembled, Handcrafted Model Airplane with Removable Desk Stand.
(Scale: 1/24, Length: 18 3/8", Wing Span: 18 1/4")

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P - 51 Mustang, Tuskegee
About this Handcrafted Wooden Model Aircraft:
This beautiful handmade airplane model is an authentic replica made from the finest grade of select kiln dried Philippine mahogany wood. The model is made entirely by hand: From the handcarving of the aircraft fuselage, to the sanding of the aircraft's contours. Every part is assembled precisely into place. After shaping and sanding, the model passes through several stages of priming and sanding before it is hand painted to duplicate the actual colors, emblems, and insignias of the original historical aircraft. Finally, multiple coats of clear lacquer are applied to protect the artwork and provide an overall glossy finish.


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