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P-51D Korean Air Force "Ms Manooky" Airplane Miniature Model Metal Die-Cast Scale 1:72 Part# A02WTW72004-004

  • $ 5995

One of the most effective and famous fighter aircraft of WWII, the P-51 Mustang, was initially designed to fulfill a British requirement dated April 1940. The most significant variant, the P-51D, featured a Packard Merlin V-1650-7 engine, a 360-degree-view bubble canopy, a modified rear fuselage, and six 12.77-mm machine guns. There were approximately 15,018 P-51s built, 7,956 of which were the P-51D variant. After WWII, the P-51 remained in U.S. service with the Strategic Air Command until 1949, and with the Air National Guard and Reserves into the 1950s. It became one of the first fighters to see combat in the Korean War. The RAF's Fighter Command used them until 1946. In addition, over 50 air forces around the world acquired and used the Mustang for many more years, some as recently as the early 1980s. When the US Air Force realigned their aircraft designations in the 1950s, the Mustang became the F-51. Within a month of the outbreak of the Korean War, 10 F-51D Mustangs were provided to the Republic of Korea Air Force as a part of the Bout One Project. They were flown by both South Korean airmen, several of whom were veterans of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy air services during WWII as well as by U.S. advisors led by Major Dean Hess. Later, more were provided both from U.S. and from South African and they formed the backbone of the South Korean Air Force until they were replaced by F-86 Sabres.

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