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Lockheed P-38J Lightning – SCAT II, Robin Olds, 434th FS, USAAF, Wattisham 1944

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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US36603: Lockheed P-38J Lightning SCAT II, as flown by Robin Olds of the 434th FS, 479th FG, USAAF, based at RAF Wattisham, England, 1944. Limited Edition of 2010 Pieces.

Length 6.25 inches Wingspan 8.75 inches

This P-38 was one of the few in the 479th FG that retained its olivedrab scheme right up until the unit transitioned to the P-51D in September 1944. The red rudder was adopted in place of the 434th FS’s geometric symbol around the time of D-Day, June 6th 1944. Robin Olds flew at least two P-38Js during his initial months of combat with the 479th FG, this aircraft almost certainly being the last of them.

Designed to meet a USAAC requirement for a high-performance fighter, the P-38 Lightning was first flown on January 27th, 1939. The easily recognizable P-38 had twin-booms, twin turbo-supercharged engines, a central pod for the pilot, contra-rotating propellers and tricycle landing gear. Its roles included dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing and photo reconnaissance. When equipped with drop tanks it was also flown as a long-range escort fighter. The Lightning’s armament was clustered in the nose of the plane, which gave the pilot a direct line of site to the target and also gave the weapons a “buzz saw” effect that was useful for strafing.

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Weight 1.9 kg