Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series Diecast Model
Republic Aviation P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback” – #42-22668, "Fiery Ginger IV," Col. Neel Kearby, 348th FG., USAAF, New Guinea, March 1944
1:48 Scale. Length: 9". Wingspan: 10.2”
By March 5, 1944, Col. Neel Kearby had scored 21 aerial victories and was trying to beat Eddie Rickenbacker’s 26 total. On this day Kearby and two other pilots attacked a Japanese formation with Kearby shooting down the lead aircraft and Kearby’s wingmen downing the lead Japanese aircrafts wingmen. Before Kearby knew it he had a Japanese aircraft on his tail and was unable to escape it. Flying P-47 #42-22668 “Fiery Ginger IV”, Kearby didn’t return to base. Col. Kearby was one of two P-47 pilots to receive the Medal of Honor.Opening canopy
Detailed cockpit with removable pilot figure
Realistic panel lines
Historically accurate printed markings
Detachable weapons and external fuel tank
Optional extended landing gear
Box with P-47 Thunderbolt 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
This item is not suitable for children under the age of 14