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F-4F Wildcat as flown by Joe Foss

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  • Scale: 1:28 model
Joe Foss was the first to Marine become an ace in a day. A recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Flying Cross, Joe was the highest scoring Marine ace with 26 victories while flying an F4F Wildcat with VMF-121.

The F4F Wildcat was one of the first monoplanes to fly from United States carrier decks. It was manufactured by Grumman and its primary users were the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the Fleet Air Arm. F4F Wildcat maiden flight was on the 2nd of September 1937 but it was introduced as an American carrier-based fighter in 1940s.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat naval fighter became most successful in the hands of Joe Foss. Joe Foss was one of the heroes in the Battle of Guadalcanal as he became an executive officer in the Cactus Air Force. He led a flight of eight Wildcats known as Foss’ Flying Circus and though his own plane had been hit, he still took down a Japanese Zero. He later left Guadalcanal in 1943. His Flying Circus shot down 72 Japanese aircrafts of which 26 was credited to him. In 1943, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Medal of Honor at the White House for being America’s Ace of Aces.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was designed to meet the requirements of the US Navy in 1936 for a new carrier-based fighter. It was planned by the designers for more challenging take-offs and landings. F4F Wildcat large wings helped the plane to achieve higher levels, make slow landings, and be operated with great maneuverability.

Wing span: 16.3 inches
Length: 12.4 inches

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