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 1:32 scale replica of a USAAF North American P-51D Mustang fighter that was piloted by Robert Todd Moore. This aircraft, nicknamed "Stinger VII," was attached to the 45th Fighter Squadron, then deployed to Iwo Jima's South Field during June 1945. Features retractable landing gear, removable engine cowling, hinged doors, opening wing gun access doors, fully articulated control surfaces (air brakes, rudder, ailerons, and elevator) and pilot seated within the cockpit. Comes with a sturdy display stand. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 14 inches
Historical Account: "Stinger VII" - Top ace of the 7th Air Force, Robert 'Todd' Moore scored his first victory in a P-40N on January 26th, 1944, when flying with the 45th Fighter Squadron 15th Fighter Group on a long-range interception over Arno Atoll. He then had to wait until April 1945 to add to this tally, when he had returned to his initial posting of the 78th Fighter Squadron, which had now begun flying Long Range Empire Missions from Iwo Jima using P-51D fighters.
Transferring to the 45th Fighter Squadron in May, he began piloting "Stinger VII" and in this aircraft he scored the final six of his twelve victories including an amazing three kills in one fifteen minute period on May 28th, 1945, while flying in a group of one hundred and one Mustangs protecting a fleet of four hundred B-29 bombers attacking Yokohama. His final victory came on July 29th, ten days after becoming the CO of the 45th. He remained commander of the unit until VJ Day, the day which also saw him fly his one hundred and fiftieth sortie in thirty seven months in the Pacific.