AIRshows America is proud to bring you another beautiful, detailed, high quality diecast model airplane from The Franklin Mint. The Franklin Mint Armour Collection B11E052 1:48 Scale Diecast Metal Model Airplane. Martin B-26B-55 Marauder Medium Bomber USAAF 599th Bombardment Squadron, 397th Bombardment Group Nose Art or Name: "The Big Hairy Bird" D-Day Invasion, France, 1944. The Martin B-26 Marauder was one of the most controversial American combat aircraft of the Second World War.
It was primarily used in Europe, and was in fact numerically the most important USAAF medium bomber used in that theatre of action. However, on four occasions, investigation boards had met to decide if the development and production of the Marauder should continue.The Marauder survived all attempts to remove it from service, and by 1944, the B-26s of the US 9th Air Force had the lowest loss rate on operational missions of any American aircraft in the European theatre, reaching a point less than one half of one percent. Despite its high landing speed of 130 mph, which remained essentially unchanged throughout the entire production career of the B-26 in spite of numerous modifications made to reduce it, the Marauder had no really vicious flying characteristics and its single-engine performance was actually fairly good. Although at one time the B-26 was considered so dangerous an aircraft that aircrews tried to avoid getting assigned to Marauder-equipped units and civilian ferry crews actually refused to fly B-26s, it turned out that the Marauder could be safely flown if crews were adequately trained and knew what they were doing. It nevertheless did demand somewhat of a higher standard of training from its crews than did its stablemate, the B-25 Mitchell. However, once mastered, the B-26 offered a level of operational immunity to its crews unmatched by any other aircraft in its class.
A total of 5157 B-26 Marauders were built. Although on paper the B-26 was a more advanced aircraft than its stablemate, the North American B-25 Mitchell, it was built in much fewer numbers because it was more expensive to manufacture and had a higher accident rate. This particular 1:48 scale replica of a B-26B-25 Marauder was nicknamed "The Big Hairy Bird" and flown by the USAAF's 599th Bombardment Squadron, 397th Bombardment Group.The item "Franklin Mint Armour Collection Martin B-26 Marauder USAAF 397th Bomb Group 172" is in sale since Saturday, August 26, 2017. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Diecast & Toy Vehicles\Aircraft & Spacecraft\Contemporary Manufacture". The seller is "airshows2015" and is located in Front Royal, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.