Dragon DRW50274 USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - Lt. Don Kearns "Dallas Blonde", 319th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, Foggia, Italy, 1943 (1:72 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
Nicknamed the "Jug" for its bulky shape, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was considered a monster of a machine. Despite its size, the Thunderbolt proved to be a fast and maneuverable warbird able to hold its own in combat. In fact, when Allied pilots climbed aboard a P-47, they knew the were in control of a fighting machine with enormous power. More importantly, they knew that if their aircraft was hit but gunfire, they had an excellent chance of making it home. Shaped with a sharp upper ridge, the early types of P-47D were given a name "Razorback". During the war, the Razorbacks served as striking fighters and sometimes escort fighters of the allied bombers when conducting raids over Germany.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback fighter, that was flown by Lt. Don Kearns of the 319th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: November 2006
Historical Account: "Dallas Blonde" - This P-47D Razorback is a replica of the 'Dallas Blonde', a Thunderbolt flown by Lt. Don Kearns of the 319th FS, which was assigned to the 325th FG. It has the unique checkerboard livery on the engine cowling flaps and tail, plus the 'Dallas Girl' artwork.
Lt. Kearns shot down three enemy planes while flying this P-47D in the Italian theater, based out of Foggia airbase.