Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series Diecast Model
Republic Aviation P-47D Thunderbolt (“Razorback” version) – 42-7945, “Miss Plainfield,” Steve Pisanos, 334th FS, 4th FG, USAAF, England, 1943
1:48 Scale. Length: 9". Wingspan: 10.2”
Spiros Nicholas Pisanos (Pissanos) was born in Greece and arrived in America in 1938 settling in Plainfield, New Jersey. In October 1941 he joined the RAF and was assigned to the 268th FS but later transferred to No. 71 Eagle Squadron flying the Spitfire. In October 1942, he transferred to the USAAF 334th FS and scored his first air victory on May 21, 1943 flying P-47 Thunderbolt “Miss Plainfield”. In March 1944 Pisanos scored his 10th victory in a P-51 Mustang.Die-cast metal body
Realistic panel lines
Opening cockpit canopy
Removable pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Removable weapons and external fuel tank
Optional extended landing gear
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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This model of a P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback” features:
Category: Hobby Master 1:48 Military Aircraft
Not suitable for children under the age of 14