RARE PLANE NO. AMERICAN AJ-2 SAVAGE VAC MODEL AIRPLANE

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  • Sold Date: Apr 05, 2011
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RARE PLANE KIT #RP-8002 OF A NORTH AMERICAN AJ-2 / AJ-2P SAVAGE. THE AJ-2 ( LATERCALLED A-2 SAVAGE ) WAS A COMPOSITE-POWERED CARRIER-BORN ATTACK BOMBER DESIGNED TO CARRY NUCLEAR BOMBS. IN THE LATE 40’S JET ENGINES WERE UNRELIABLE AND USED A LOT OF FUEL , A COMPROMISE WAS USED IN THE SAVAGE DESIGN BY USING TWO PROVEN PRATT & WHITNET R-2800 TURBOCHARGED RECIPROCATING PISTON ENGINES AS THE MAIN POWER PLANT AND SUPPLEMENTED BY ONE ALLISON J-33 TURBOJETS ( THE SAME BASIC ENGINE AS THE P-80 / T-33 ). THIS WAS INSTALLED IN THE REAR FUSELAGE, AND USED FOR TAKE OFF AND EXTRA SPEED AS NEEDED. THE AIRCRAFT COULD HIT A TOP SPEED OF OVER 640 MPH .

THE FIRST PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT ( AJ-1 ) FLEW IN MAY , 1949, AND ENTERED U.S.NAVY SERVICE ON SEP. 13, 1949 . THE FIRST AJ-2 ENTERED SERVICE ON FEB 19,1953, WITH UPRATED J-33-A-10 JET ENGINES, TWO R-2800-48 RADIAL ENGINES, A LONGER FUSELAGE, A TALLER VERTICAL TAIL, AND A NON-DIHEDRAL TAILPLANE. 55 AIRCRAFT WERE BUILT.

THE AJ-2P WAS A PHOTO RECON VERSION OF THE SAVAGE WITH 18 AUTO CAMERAS AND EXTRA FUEL CAPACITY. IT CARRIED PHOTO – FLASH BOMBS FOR NIGHT MISSIONS AND LOW LEVEL RECON . 30 AJ-2P AIRCRAFT WERE PRODUCED. ALL TOTAL, SOME 143 AIRCRAFT WERE PRODUCED OF ALL MODELS AND SERVED IN 9 DIFFERENT NAVY SQUADRONS.

THE VACUUM FORM KIT HAS FULL SIZE DRAWINGS, INSTRUCTION SHEETS,
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