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Air Force 1 Aircraft (Series 2) A00150
Lockheed P-38J Lightning Diecast Model
USAAF 475th FG, 431st FS, Pudgy IV, Tommy McGuire, Philippines, 1944

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Lockheed P-38J Lightning   9.5"   13"

The second highest-scoring American pilot of World War II, Major Thomas McGuire of the 475th Fighter Group tallied his first kill on August 18, 1943 - a day he took down three Imperial warbirds. The following day, after two more victories, he was already an ace. All of Major McGuire's kills were scored in P-38 Lightnings of which he flew numerous iterations, each nicknamed after his new wife: "Pudgy." While piloting "Pudgy IV" on October 24, 1944, McGuire shot down two Oscars over the Philippines before being forced to land and give up his cherished warplane to the 49th Fighter Group, a unit which suffered heavy attrition.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning

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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Air Force 1 Aircraft (Series 2)

The Air Force 1 range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Air Force 1 (Series 2) diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Authentic markings and placard details.
  • Metal presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.

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