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P-51D "Gunfighter" Model Aircraft 1/24 Scale


Price: $199.95
Item Number: MATAP51GFT
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range single-seat World War II fighter aircraft conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation. The P-51D variant is considered the definitive Mustang. Ordered in 1943, it had a bubble canopy which provided the pilot with a valuable all-around view. It was also fitted with additional armament. The P-51D became the most widely produced version. Between 1941 and 1945, the US Army Air Force ordered 14,855 aircraft, 7,956 of which were P-51Ds. During the Korean War, the P-51D was used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in1953.

The Gunfighter is a "D" model, which was the most produced P-51 model during the War with over 8,000 built. The Gunfighter is painted for the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Wing, 8th Air Force, USAAF, using the nose art "Gunfighter", providing the name by which the aircraft is widely known. The 55th Fighter Group was the first American Air Force unit to become operational in the Lockheed P-38 Lightning prior to transitioning into the P-51. On March 3, 1944, the 55th Fighter Group was the first USAAF combat unit to fly over Berlin and was one of the units to provide top cover over the Invasion Beaches at Normandy on "D-Day", June 6th, 1944.

-Scale: 1/24 scale model
-Span: 18.25 in.
-Length: 16.20 in.
-Weight: 5.1 lbs.
-Material: Handcarved Mahogany Wood Model Airplane
-Features: Handcrafted and Handpainted

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