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 1:72 scale replica of an USAAF North American P-51D Mustang fighter that was piloted by Lt. Col. Avelin P. Tacon Jr., then attached to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, operating over France during June 6th, 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.75 inches
Length: 5 inches
Historical Account: "European Tour" - In January 1943, then Lieutenant Colonel Tacon was transferred to Westover Field, Mass., to assume command of the newly organized 359th Fighter Group. The group was ordered to Europe in November 1943 and became operational at one of the many bases in England. As commander of his group, he led his men on fighter sweeps against occupied France and Germany and bomber escort missions. After completion of his combat tour, he became executive officer of the 67th Fighter Wing with headquarters near Peterborough, England.