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P-51C Tuskegee signed by Charles McGee Military Aircraft Model
P-51C Tuskegee signed by Charles McGee Military Aircraft Model

P-51C Tuskegee signed by Charles McGee Military Aircraft Model

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P-51C Tuskegee signed by Charles McGee Military Aircraft Model


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P-51C Tuskegee signed by Charles McGee Military Aircraft Model

P-51C Tuskegee signed by Charles McGee Military Aircraft Model

Excellent Craftsmanship!
Our master craftsmen, working from three-dimensional drawings, handcraft each model from either the finest Philippine mahogany or state-of-the-art composite.

Each model is shaped with remarkable precision and attention to detail. Several stages of fine sanding, between primer coats, produce a smooth finish ready for final painting.

Talented artists using ultra-fine brushes and decals, paint the nose art, stripes and markings. A final coat of clear polyurethane provides lasting protection and brilliance.

    Item Details:
  • 1/24 scale model
  • Wing Span: 16.1 Inches
  • Length:18.25 Inches

    Item Highlights:
  • Makes a GREAT gift!
  • Many different models to choose from
  • Hand made from fine Philippine mahogany or state-of-the-art composite


Model Description

This collectable model P-51C Mustang represents the ultimate in long-range fighter development in World War II, the aircraft that was finally able to escort bombers from bases in England to targets deep in Germany. Painted as �Kitten,� flown by Tuskeegee Airman Charles McGee in 1944, this 1/24-scale model P-51C Mustang makes a great pilot gift, or a present for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.

This iconic American aircraft of World War II, which also served in combat in Korea, actually began as a British aircraft. Designed and flown in just 178 days in response to a British proposal for a fighter-bomber. British officials wanted North American Aviation to build the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk under license, but NAA President James �Dutch� Kindelburger persuaded them that his company could build a new, better design in less time.

The NA-73 project featured two innovations: an efficient laminar-flow wing developed by the National Advisory Committee of Aeronautics, and a radiator design that used exiting hot air to provide a modicum of additional thrust. The XP-51 showed good performance at low altitudes, and the British government placed orders for several hundred of the fighters. In 1942, the Army Air Forces placed an order for 320 P-51As, as well as orders for a dive bomber variant, the A-36.

Also in 1942, the Mustang received the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine � and the results were magic. High altitude performance exceeded expectations, with the Merlin-powered Mustang topping 440 mph in tests.

The Mustang was taking off � and with the addition of long-range tanks, the P-51 proved to be the answer to the Army Air Force�s need for a fighter with the range to accompany bombers all the way to their targets deep in Germany.

The definitive version of the Mustang, the P-51D, featured a bubble canopy, six .50-caliber machine guns, and a range of 1,650 miles. Top speed was 437 mph.

McGhee, who named his P-51C Mustang with his pet name for his wife, Frances, flew with the 302nd Foghter Squadron in Europe, then later flew the F-51D �Kitten II� in combat in Korea. McGhee, who retired in 1973, also flew almost 200 missions in Vietnam in RF-4C Phantoms.

A flying P-51D is under restoration by the Southern Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. The CAF�s Red Tail Project P-51C will honor the service and sacrifices of the Tuskeegee Airmen.

The Mustang continued in service following World War II, operating as a fighter-bomber in Korea. The Mustang is a popular airframe for air racing, and restored versions are a common sight at air shows.

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