North American P-51D Mustang – Big Beautiful Doll, 78th FG USAAF, John Landers, RAF Duxford, England, 1945 1/32 (Displayed)
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/32 scale AA34403: North American P-51D Mustang serial 44-72218 “Big Beautiful Doll”, 78th FG USAAF John Landers, RAF Duxford, England, 1945. Limited edition of 3,000 pieces.
Length 12 inches Wingspan 14 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Model has been on display and has imperfections as follows: Canopy is very slightly misted as per photo, but nothing too bad. A propeller blade has been reattached with metal pins to ensure it stays in place. There are very minor paint defects around the spinner area where the blade was attached. However this is a brilliant opportunity to obtain one of these rare models at a respectable price
P-51D Mustang serial 44-72218 was the 192nd of a batch of three thousand P-51Ds ordered on 7th June 1944, 24 hours after D-Day, June 6th 1944. With callsign 472218, it was coded WZ-I while flown in the European Theatre of Operations and carried the nose art of ‘Big Beautiful Doll’. It was flown by Colonel John Landers, Officer Commanding of the 78th Fighter Group, who flew a series of P-38s and P-51s, all of which were named ‘Big Beautiful Doll’. From the 38th FS of the 55th FG he was promoted to command the 357th FG before moving to Duxford to take command of the 78th. After the war Landers commanded the 361st FG. He scored 14.5 victories, 8.5 with the Eighth Air Force. A similar P-51D was painted in this livery and operated from Duxford until it was involved in a collision with an A-1 Skyraider and crashed. Fortunately the pilot was able to bail out.
Designed to meet an RAF requirement for fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-51 Mustang was first flown on October 26th, 1940. This versatile aircraft was capable of escorting bombers on long-range missions, engaging in dogfights, and dropping down to destroy German targets on the ground. At least eight versions of the P-51 were produced, but it was the definitive P-51D that gave the Mustang its classic warbird appearance. Britain and the US both tested the airframe with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, which gave the aircraft tremendous performance gains. The Truman Senate War Investigating Committee called the Mustang “the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence.”