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 "Duchess Arlene", which was flown by Robert Williams of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. 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 96 pg. book included with purchase -- "Mustang Aces of the Ninth & Fifteenth Air Forces & the RAF" by Jerry Scutts. This book features numerous stories on the men and their mustangs during the war with rare photos. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 11 inches
Length: 12.5 inches
Historical Account: "The Tuskegee Airmen" - The Tuskegee Airmen were formed In 1941. The Army Air Force began training black Americans as military pilots in Alabama at Tuskegee's Moton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field. There assignments were to fly escort and conduct combat missions throughout the Mediterranean and were collectively known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Flying over 200 missions as heavy bomber escorts, they never lost a fighter to an enemy fighter. Lt. Robert Williams flew 50 combat missions during the war. Williams flew from Italy with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group of the 15th Air Force destroying two enemy aircraft between 1944-1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation. After the war he wrote the original manuscript for the award winning 1995 HBO film "The Tuskegee Airmen" his character was portrayed by actor Laurence Fishburne.