Armour Collection B11C999 USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - Robert Williams, "Duchess Arlene", 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group "Tuskegee Airmen", Italy, 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
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 fabulous 1:48 scale diecast replica of a P-51D Mustang used by the all-negro squadron known as the "Tuskegee Airmen." Sold Out!
Historical Account: "Red Tails" - The Tuskegee Airmen were formed In 1941. The Army Air Force began training black Americans as military pilots in Alabama at Tuskegee's Moton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field. There assignments were to fly escort and conduct combat missions throughout the Mediterranean and were collectively known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Flying over 200 missions as heavy bomber escorts, they never lost a fighter to an enemy fighter. Lt. Robert Williams flew 50 combat missions during the war. Williams flew from Italy with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group of the 15th Air Force destroying two enemy aircraft between 1944-1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation. After the war he wrote the original manuscript for the award winning 1995 HBO film "The Tuskegee Airmen". His character was portrayed by actor Laurence Fishburne.