Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series Diecast Model
Republic Aviation P-47D Thunderbolt – Major Glenn Eagleston, 353rd FS, 354th FG, USAAF, France, 1944
1:48 Scale. Length: 9". Wingspan: 10.25”
In September 1942 Glenn Eagleston earned his pilot wings and was assigned to the 20th FG. In October 1943 he transferred to the 354th FG in England and in December 1943 the 354th began flying P-51 Mustangs over France. During World War II Eagleston accumulated 18.5 victories, all in a P-51. After D-Day the 354th moved operations to France. In October 1944 Glenn Eagleston took command of the 353rd FS, equipped with P-47D Thunderbolts, and flew their first mission on November 26, 1944. On February 16, 1945 the 353rd parked the P-47s and began flying the P-51 again.Opening canopy
Detailed cockpit with removable pilot figure
Realistic panel lines and antennas
Historically accurate pad printed markings (no decals)
Detachable external fuel tanks
Optional extended landing gear
Window box with a opening cover and P-47 artwork
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.
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Category: Hobby Master 1:48 Military Aircraft
Not suitable for children under the age of 14