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Falcon Models Wings of Fame FA721005
Grumman F9F-5 Panther Diecast Model
USMC VMF-311 Tomcats, Ted Williams, Korea, 1951

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman F9F-5 Panther   6.5"   6.25"

During the Korean War Ted was assigned to VMF-311 "Tomcats" and spent two years flying F9F's. During his tour Williams flew 39 combat missions and most of them as wing man for Colonel John Glenn. On two different occasions Williams' aircraft was hit by ground fire. One resulted in a crash landing back at base and one was only minor damage. After catching pneumonia several times Ted was grounded and returned to baseball late in 1953. While flying the F9F in Korea the VMF-311 flew a record 2,300 missions.

Grumman F9F-5 Panther

Designed as a carrierborne jet fighter for the US Navy, the F9F was first flown on November 24th, 1947. During the Korean War, the Panther was the Navy's most heavily used jet fighter. It flew 78,000 sorties and was responsible for the first US Navy air to air kill of the conflict. The Panther's armament included four 20mm cannons and two bombs or an assortment of rockets. The wingtip fuel tanks and dark sea blue coloring made the aircraft extremely recognizable. The Panther was such a successful design that in 1949 it became the first jet flown by the "Blue Angels."

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Falcon Models' 1:72 scale F9F Panther is constructed of almost-solid diecast metal with only the smallest amount of plastic used, which gives it an unusually heavy feel. The canopy slides back for display in the open position and can be easily removed for an unobstructed view of the cockpit's interior features, such as the pad-printed front and side instrument panels, pilot seat and control stick. Some of this model's fine details include separately-applied 20mm cannon barrels, under-wing mounted 127mm rockets, wing-tip fuel tanks and engine exhaust and tail-hook details. The solid metal wing is cleverly fitted to the fuselage, with the seams visible only on the underside.

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Falcon Models Wings of Fame

The Falcon Models "Wings of Fame" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Falcon Models "Wings of Fame" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic fixed ordnance loads.

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