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#AA36613 - USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - 44-23590, Cpt L E Blumer, "Scrapiron IV", 393rd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, France, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

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RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk. 1 Fighter - Sgt. J.H "Ginger" Lacey, No.501 Squadron, Gravesend, England, September 1940 RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk. 1 Fighter - Sgt. J.H "Ginger" Lacey, No.501 Squadron, Gravesend, England, September 1940 (1:72 Scale)

The Hawker Hurricane was the first monoplane to join the Royal Air Force as a fighter aircraft, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300-mph in level flight. Often compared with the sleek-looking Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane, in actuality, shouldered the brunt of the fighting during the "Battle of Britain", equipping more than three-fifths of the RAF's Fighter Command squadrons.

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USAAF Curtiss P-40B Warhawk Fighter - 160/15P, 2nd Lt. George Welch, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Commemorative Packaging] USAAF Curtiss P-40B Warhawk Fighter - 160/15P, 2nd Lt. George Welch, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Commemorative Packaging] (1:72 Scale)

The P-40 was the best known Curtiss-Wright designed airplane of the Second World War. It was also one of the most controversial fighters, vilified by many as being too slow, lacking in maneuverability, having too low a climbing rate, and being largely obsolescent by contemporary standards even before it went into production.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter - AI-I54 s/n.5289, Petty Officer 1st Class Takashi Hirano, IJN Aircraft Carrier Akagi, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Commemorative Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter - AI-I54 s/n.5289, Petty Officer 1st Class Takashi Hirano, IJN Aircraft Carrier Akagi, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Commemorative Packaging] (1:72 Scale)

Aside from the early-morning raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, perhaps the biggest shock for American forces in the Pacific was the outstanding performance of the Imperial Navy's main carrier fighter, the beautifully proportioned Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-Sen.

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USAF North American F-51 Mustang Fighter - 44-12943/FF-943 "Was that too fast?", 18th Fighter Bomber Group, Chinhae Airfield, South Korea, 1951 USAF North American F-51 Mustang Fighter - 44-12943/FF-943 "Was that too fast?", 18th Fighter Bomber Group, Chinhae Airfield, South Korea, 1951 (1:72 Scale)

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.

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RAF North American Mustang Mk. IV Fighter - KH790/WHC, Werner Christie, No. 150 Wing, RAF Hunsdon, England, Spring 1945 RAF North American Mustang Mk. IV Fighter - KH790/WHC, Werner Christie, No. 150 Wing, RAF Hunsdon, England, Spring 1945 (1:72 Scale)

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.

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RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk. 1 Fighter - V7795, Pilot Officer William Vale, RAF No.80 Squadron, Maleme, Crete, 1941 RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk. 1 Fighter - V7795, Pilot Officer William Vale, RAF No.80 Squadron, Maleme, Crete, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The Hawker Hurricane was the first monoplane to join the Royal Air Force as a fighter aircraft, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300-mph in level flight. Often compared with the sleek-looking Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane, in actuality, shouldered the brunt of the fighting during the "Battle of Britain", equipping more than three-fifths of the RAF's Fighter Command squadrons.

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RAF Curtiss Tomahawk IIB Fighter - AK402, P/O Neville Duke, No.122 Squadron, North Africa, 1941 RAF Curtiss Tomahawk IIB Fighter - AK402, P/O Neville Duke, RAF No.122 Squadron, North Africa, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The P-40 was the best known Curtiss-Wright designed airplane of the Second World War. It was also one of the most controversial fighters, vilified by many as being too slow, lacking in maneuverability, having too low a climbing rate, and being largely obsolescent by contemporary standards even before it went into production.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Oberleutnant Gunther Rall, Staffelkapitan 8./Jagdgeschwader 52, Gostanovka, Russia, August 1942 German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - Oberleutnant Gunther Rall, Staffelkapitan 8./Jagdgeschwader 52, Gostanovka, Russia, August 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Of the eight distinct sub-types within the huge Bf 109 family, the most populous was the G-model, of which over 30,000 were built between 1941-45.

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German Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 Fighter - Feldwebel Eugen Lorcher, "Black 3", II./SG2, 5 Staffel, Aufthausen, May 1945 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 Fighter - Feldwebel Eugen Lorcher, "Black 3", II./SG2, 5 Staffel, Aufthausen, May 1945 (1:72 Scale)

Nicknamed the "Butcher Bird", the Fw 190 was Germany's best air-to-ground fighter. Faster and more agile than the British Spitfire, it dominated the skies over Europe as a fighter and was the Luftwaffe's most important ground-attack aircraft.

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German Messerschmitt Me 262A-1A Fighter - Plt.Ofz. Franz Gapp, "Red 7", 8./Kamfgeschwader 6, Podersam, Saaz, May 1945 German Messerschmitt Me 262A-1A Fighter - Plt.Ofz. Franz Gapp, "Red 7", 8./Kamfgeschwader 6, Podersam, Saaz, May 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The jet-powered Me 262 Sturmvogel ("Stormbird") has long since gained its place in the annals of international aeronautical history. With its sleek aerodynamic design and high performance jet engines, the Me 262 radically changed the way in which air combat was waged.

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German Messerschmitt Me 262 Night Fighter - Kurt Welter, II.Gruppe/Nachtjagdgeschwader 11, Larz, Germany, 1945 German Messerschmitt Me 262 Night Fighter - Kurt Welter, II.Gruppe/Nachtjagdgeschwader 11, Larz, Germany, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

The jet-powered Me 262 Sturmvogel ("Stormbird") has long since gained its place in the annals of international aeronautical history. With its sleek aerodynamic design and high performance jet engines, the Me 262 radically changed the way in which air combat was waged.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Fighter W.Nr.5057 Yellow 1 Oberleutnant Josef Pips Priller 6./Jagdgeschwader 51 Mardyck France October 1940 German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Fighter - W.Nr.5057, "Yellow 1", Oberleutnant Josef 'Pips' Priller, 6./Jagdgeschwader 51, Mardyck, France, October 1940 (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

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German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Fighter - Hans-Joachim Marseille, "White 14", I.Jagd/Lehrgeschwader 2, Calais-Marck, France, 1940 German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Fighter - Hans-Joachim Marseille, "White 14", I.Jagd/Lehrgeschwader 2, Calais-Marck, France, 1940 (1:72 Scale)

Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

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RAF Gloster Meteor F.1 Jet Fighter - T.D. 'Dixie' Dean, No.616 Squadron and Fieseler F-103 V-1 'Doodlebug', August 4th, 1944 RAF Gloster Meteor F.1 Jet Fighter - T.D. 'Dixie' Dean, No.616 Squadron and Fieseler F-103 V-1 'Doodlebug', August 4th, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, it first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

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RAF Bristol Blenheim Mk. I Light Bomber - L6739 (G-BPIV), The Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, 2015 RAF Bristol Blenheim Mk. I Light Bomber - L6739 (G-BPIV), The Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, 2015 (1:72 Scale)

Bristol Aeroplane's Blenheim was a British high-speed light bomber used extensively in the early days of the Second World War. It was later adapted into a successful heavy fighter. A Canadian-made variant named the Bolingbroke was used as an anti-Submarine and training aircraft.

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USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - 44-23590, Captain Larry Blumer, "Scrapiron IV", 393rd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group "The Dynamite Gang", France, 1944 USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning Interceptor - Captain Larry Blumer, "Scrapiron IV", 393rd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group "The Dynamite Gang", France, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

It was fast, heavily armed and extremely versatile. And many believe the Lockheed P-38 Lightning  to be the finest American fighter of WWII. Its low-drag, aerodynamic shape and heavy weight enabled this twin-engine, twin-boomed aircraft to accelerate to high speeds faster than any previous warplane, making it a potent fighter and a superb fighter-bomber.

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USAAC North American B-25B Mitchell Medium Bomber - 40-2249, "Hari Kari-er," Doolittle Raid, USS Hornet (CV-8), April 18th, 1942 USAAC North American B-25B Mitchell Medium Bomber - 40-2249, "Hari Kari-er," Doolittle Raid, USS Hornet (CV-8), April 18th, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

Built by North American, with no previous experience on multi-engined aircraft, the B-25 Mitchell proved to be one of the most versatile combat aircraft to see action in World War II. So impressed with what they saw on the drawing board, the USAAC ordered 184 aircraft -- to be designated the B-25 -- before metal had even been cut on a revised design.

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German Heinkel He-111H-6 Torpedo Bomber - 1H+BB, I./Kampgeschwader 26, Bardufoss Airfield, Norway, July 5th, 1942 German Heinkel He-111H-6 Torpedo Bomber - 1H+BB, I./Kampgeschwader 26, Bardufoss Airfield, Norway, July 5th, 1942 (1:72 Scale)

When World War I ended, the German Air Force was disbanded under the Treaty of Versailles, which required the German government to abandon all military aviation by October 1st, 1919.

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RAF Vickers Wellington Mk. IC Medium Bomber - R1162 / AA-Y, "Y for Yorker", No.75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF Feltwell, Norfolk, 1941 RAF Vickers Wellington Mk. IC Medium Bomber - R1162 / AA-Y, "Y for Yorker", No.75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF Feltwell, Norfolk, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The twin-engine Wellington was the mainstay of Bomber Command until 1942, when the four-engine heavy bombers entered service. The Wellington prototype took to the air for the first time in June 1936 and production models entered service with the Royal Air Force in October 1938.

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RAF English Electric F.6 Lightning Fighter - XR728/JS, 5 Squadron, RAF Binbrook, 1987 RAF English Electric F.6 Lightning Fighter - XR728/JS, 5 Squadron, RAF Binbrook, 1987 (1:48 Scale)

The English Electric Lightning is a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, remembered for its great speed and unpainted natural metal exterior finish. It is the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. Renowned for its capabilities as an interceptor, RAF pilots described it as "being saddled to a skyrocket".

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USN Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina Flying Boat - Bu.No.2418, 14-P-2, Otto F Meyer Jr, Patrol Squadron 14, Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Commemorative Packaging] USN Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina Flying Boat - Bu.No.2418, 14-P-2, Otto F Meyer Jr, Patrol Squadron 14, Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Commemorative Packaging] (1:72 Scale)

The PBY Catalina was the US Navy designation for an American and Canadian-built flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s. PB stands for Patrol Bomber, with Y being Consolidated's manufacturer identification. It could be equipped with depth charges, bombs, torpedoes, and .50 caliber machine guns and was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II.

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RCAF Short Sunderland Mk. III Flying Boat - ML788/2-S, No. 422 Squadron, Pembroke Dock RCAF Short Sunderland Mk. III Flying Boat - ML788/2-S, No. 422 Squadron, Pembroke Dock (1:72 Scale)

The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber developed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) by Short Brothers. It took its service name from the town (later, city) and port of Sunderland in northeast England.

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AF Avro Vulcan B.2 Strategic Bomber - XM607, RAF No. 44 Squadron, "Operation Black Buck", Falklands Conflict, South Atlantic, 1982 RAF Avro Vulcan B.2 Strategic Bomber - XM607, RAF No. 44 Squadron, "Operation Black Buck", Falklands Conflict, South Atlantic, 1982 (1:72 Scale)

The Avro Vulcan, sometimes referred to as the Hawker Siddeley Vulcan, is a delta wing subsonic jet strategic bomber that was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1953 until 1984.

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