North American Aviation P-51D Mustang – Jumpin’ Jaques, 3rd FS, USAAF Dam Box 1/32
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/32 scale AA34404: North American P-51D Mustang “Jumpin’ Jaques” of 3rd ACG, 3rd FS, USAAF, flown by Jaques Young, Mindoro, Philippines, January 1945. Limited Edition of 2200 Pieces. PLEASE NOTE: Box is not perfect with a slightly sunfaded lid from being in a shop window. Also there are some light scuffs and the lid inner is slightly creased.
Length 12 inches Wingspan 14 inches
In September of 1941, the Philippine Department Air Force was created; one month later, its name was changed to the Far East Air Force. It was under this name in which the Fifth Air Force saw its first combat action. Within hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces attacked US bases in the Philippines, destroying most of the aircraft while they were still on the ground. The remaining aircraft allowed the far east air force to become the first U.S. Army Air Force unit to take part in combat, conducting defensive operations allowing United States and allied forces to retreat to Australia’s northern coast. While in Australia, the Far East Air Force was redesignated Fifth Air Force in 1942 and placed under the command of Major General George Kenney. Kenney was General Douglas MacArthur’s component commander for all allied air services. Under his leadership, Fifth Air Force provided the aerial spearhead for MacArthur’s island hopping campaign.
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.”