Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Republic P-47 D Thunderbolt - "Miss Plainfield", Steve Pisanos, 334th FS, 4th FG, USAAF, RAF Debden, England, 1943
1:72 Scale. Length: 6". Wingspan: 6.75"
Limited Edition of 1510 Models Worldwide
This aircraft was flown by ex-Eagle Squadron ace Steve Pisanos. It was one of a number of 4th Fighter Groups P-47s adorned with professionally rendered nose art. Four of Steve Pisanos five kills were claimed in this early built P-47D Thunderbolt.Die-cast metal body
Realistic panel lines
Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Optional extended landing gear
Nose art panel
Numbered collector card
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a single-seat fighter aircraft used by the U.S. and allied air forces during World War II. It was one of the largest, heaviest, most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. The P-47B was first flown on May 6, 1941 with the first production aircraft being delivered in May 1942. The Thunderbolt was very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter and as a fighter-bomber proved especially adept at ground attack. The aircrafts eight .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns could inflict severe damage on lightly armored targets. In the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry ten five-inch rockets or a bomb load of up to 2,500 pounds.
The first P-47 combat mission took place on March 10, 1943 when the 4th FG took their aircraft on a fighter sweep over France. By 1944, the P-47 Thunderbolt was in service with the USAAF in all of its operational theaters, except Alaska. Although the P-51 Mustang eventually replaced the P-47 in the long-range escort role in Europe, the P-47 still ended the war with 3752 air-to-air victories claimed in over 746,000 sorties. A total of 15,678 P-47s of all types were built, the last being a P-47N, which rolled off the Republic Aviation production line in October 1945. The P-47 Thunderbolt served with the U.S. Army Air Force (U.S. Air Force after 1947) until 1949 and the Air National Guard until 1953.
The Corgi Aviation Archive features a wide selection of high quality, ready-made, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are built with diecast metal and some plastic components.
This model of a P-47 Thunderbolt by Corgi features:
Category: Corgi 1:72 U.S. Military Aircraft Models
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