Hobby Master HA8501 USAAF North American P-51B Mustang Fighter - VF-T "Shangri La", Captain Don Gentile, 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group (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
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 1:48 scale replica of a USAAF North American P-51B Mustang Fighter that was nicknamed "Shangri La" and polited by Captain Don Gentile, who was attached to the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group. Now in stock!
Release Date: December 2013
Historical Account: "Rocketeers" - On September 23rd, 1942, the 4th Fighter Group moved to its initial airfield at RAF Debden; however, the 336th Fighter Squadron moved to a satellite field at RAF Great Sampford. They conducted operations from there until rejoining the group at Debden on October 30th, 1942.
Fighter aircraft escorted the first bombing raid over Berlin in March 1944. On June 21st, 1944, they escorted bombers in the first shuttle bombing mission from England to Russia. Received Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for destroying enemy aircraft and attacking air bases in France, March 4th - April 24th, 1944.