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32226 Corgi   P-51D Mustang - Down for Double, 355th FG & Nose Art Panel £ 54.99
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1:72 Scale US32226: North American P-51D Mustang "Down for Double" as flown by Gordon Graham of 355th FG, 354th FS, USAAF, Steeple Morden, England, 1945. Complete with large scale detailed Nose Art Panel. Limited Edition of 1410 Pieces. Box is not totally perfect on this model, with a small crease extending from one underside corner.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

Lt Col Gordon Graham claimed seven aerial and 9.5 victories during his time in the European Theatre. All of these kills came while flying the P-51. He was assigned to the 355th FG's HQ flight, whose aircraft featured the unique white nose colors seen here, as well as the white letter C on the rudder tip. The 355th quickly gained acclaim as the "Steeple Morden Strafers," a reference to its base in England and its lethal accuracy at low level. The 355th FG ended the war having destroyed or damaged 1,500 enemy planes including 502 strafing victories the highest air-to-ground tally of any fighter unit in the Eighth Air Force. Its pilots also shot down 365.5 enemy aircraft.

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."
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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