Hobby Master HA8402 USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - Lt Col Benjamin Mayo, "No Guts No Glory", 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, Duxford Air Base, 1944 (1:48 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.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a P-47D that was piloted by Lt Col Benjamin Mayo, who was attached to the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, then deployed to Duxford Air Base, during 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 8.75 inches
Release Date: July 2013
Historical Account: "On Target" - The 82nd Fighter Squadron saw combat in the ETO, April 13th. 1943 - April 25th, 1945. Training, maneuvers, and air defense, April-September 1945. Part of the occupation forces in Germany, August 1946 - June 1947. Air defense in United States, January 1949 - March 1953 and October 1954 - February 1966.
It was a fighter squadron based at Travis Air Force Base, California until 1966, when it was deployed to Naha Air Base, Okinawa. The prime aircraft of the squadron was the F-102 Delta Dagger, or "Deuce", which was the more common nickname. In order to deploy to Naha, each plane was configured with refueling probes and required extensive training. This was one of the few times, it was done to a relatively short-ranged fighter jet. In January 1968, the 82nd was scrambled to South Korea in response to the Pueblo Incident, where North Korea had seized the USS Pueblo. The 82nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron maintained a presence in South Korea with a detachment of temporarily assigned aircraft (12) and personnel (TDY) to Suwon AB ROK. The squadron continued service until May 31st, 1971, when the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing along with all the other support squadrons (including the 82nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron) were inactivated.