Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series Diecast Model
Republic Aviation P-47D Thunderbolt – 42-26044 “Silver Lady” HV-Z, 61st FS, 56th FG, USAAF, RAF Boxted, England 1944
1:48 Scale. Length: 9". Wingspan: 10.25”
Limited production of approximately 350 models worldwide
P-47D Thunderbolt 42-26044 “Silver Lady” HV-Z (underlined Z indicates second time HV-Z was used) was first flown in combat by Capt. James Carter and Major Les Smith of the 61st FS, 56th FG, Boxted, England in 1944. In May 1944 Smith returned to the U.S. and the “Silver Lady” was flown by many notable pilots. "Gabby" Gabreski scored four of his victories with 42-26044, other pilots were J. Jure, J. Rankin, C. Thomton, and M. Gladych. In August 1944 “Silver Lady” was fitted with a Malcolm hood and flown 21 times by Witold Lanowski.Opening canopy
Detailed cockpit with removable pilot figure
Realistic panel lines
Historically accurate printed markings (no decals)
Optional extended landing gear
Box with opening front panel and P-47 artwork
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a fighter aircraft operated by the United States 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 inch (12.7mm) 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.
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Category: Hobby Master 1:48 Military Aircraft
Not suitable for children under the age of 14