GMP GMP51003 USAAF North American P-51D Mustang - Major George Preddy, "Cripes a Mighty 3rd", 352nd Fighter Group, ETO, 1944 (1:35 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
No other aircraft of WWII could fly as high, go as far, or fight as hard as the famed Mustang. Piloted by a record 281 Aces, this agile and ferocious dogfighter tallied more kills than any other Allied airplane. As the bombers of the Eighth Air Force fought their way deep into Hitler's Germany, it was the Mustang that cleared the skies of Luftwaffe fighters. The powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine gave the Mustang a speed of 445 mph. Re-styled with an aerodynamic bubble canopy for greater visibility, and outfitted with 6 fast-firing .50 caliber machine guns, the P-51 became the best fighter of the war.
Pictured here is a 1:35 scale diecast replica of a US North American P-51D Mustang fighter, nicknamed "Cripes a Mighty 3rd," which was flown by Major George Preddy. Features fully functional landing gear, flaps, rudder, ailerons, radiator exhaust and bypass doors. Canopy slides back and forth. Includes opening wing gun access doors, removable engine cowling to expose highly detailed Merlin V12 Engine, and external drop tanks or 500 lb. bombs. Bonus 128 pg. book included with purchase chronicling the history of the 352nd Fighter Group by Thomas G Ivie. This book has tons of stories from the pilots that flew in the war and features many rare photos of the P-51's they piloted. Only 1,000 pieces produced. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 11 inches
Length: 12.5 inches
Historical Account: Maj. George E. Preddy was the top ace of his time with the 352nd Fighter Group. His aerial skills were unmatched in his faithful P-51 'Cripes A' Mighty 3rd'. Preddy ranks as the world's top scoring P-51 Ace, claiming 24 kills in Mustangs and a total score of 27 aerial and 5 ground victories. Sadly on Christmas day 1944, Preddy was shot down and killed by American anti-aircraft fire. At the time of his death, George Preddy was the top American ace while flying operations in the ETO.