An early Recognition Model of the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star in cast aluminium.
The Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star was the first jet fighter used operationally by the United States Army Air Forces. Designed and built by Lockheed in 1943 and delivered just 143 days from the start of the design process, production models were flying, and two pre-production models did see very limited service in Italy just before the end of WW2. The type saw extensive combat in Korea with the USAF as the F-80. The closely related T-33 Shooting Star trainer would remain in service with the U.S. Air Force and Navy well into the 1980s, with the last NT-33 variant not retired until April 1997.
This model is scarce, original and has a good straight airframe. To the usual ID/Spotter model scale of 1:72, it has a wingspan of around 7 inches (18cms)
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