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Easy Model 1:72 P51D Mustang IV A68-170
Pre-assembled, pre-painted, static model
Scale 1:72 Mustang IV A68-170 plane with a display base
In 1943, the Australian government arranged for the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) to manufacture the Mustang Mk IV (P-51D) under licence from North American Aviation. In November 1944, RAF Mustangs were first flown by the RAAF's No 3 Sqn in Italy.
RAAF Mustangs were assigned to Japan for occupation duties and, early in 1946, Nos 76, 77 and 82 Squadrons flew into Iwakuni. In 1949 Nos 76 and 82 Squadrons withdrew to Australian and the Mustangs of No 77 Squadron remained to take part in the Korean War from June 1950 until April 1951, when they were replaced by Gloster Meteors. In Australia, Mustangs remained in service with Citizen's Air Force Squadrons until they were withdrawn from service in 1959.
Transferred the RAAF Museum for display in 1970, the Mustang A68-170 was initially restored to operating condition in the mid-1970s, and was known by the name 'Duffys Delight', after the Senior Engineering Officer at No 1 Flying Training School at the time, Squadron Leader Kevin Duffy.
In 1989, an in-depth restoration of the aircraft commenced under the control of No 1 Flying Training School and RAAF Museum staff. This lasted for 10 years and in the aircraft finally returned to the air in February 1999, and soon after was displayed at the Avalon Air Show that year.
Then. Now. Always.