Carousel 1 1/48 F4F-3 - VF-3 Fighting Three

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Carousel 1 1/48 F4F-3 - VF-3 Fighting Three - GoMotorBids Item #879191
Manufacturer: Carousel Year Produced: 2006 Scale or Size: See Description Production Run: 2,000 Product Condition: Very Good Package Condition: Very Good
Description: Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for a new carrier-based fighter, the F-4F was first flown on September 2nd, 1937. Originally used by the British (who called it the Martlet) against the Luftwaffe, the Wildcat also became the United States Navy’s primary carrier fighter in the Pacific Theatre. The Wildcat was no match for the maneuverability of the Japanese Zero, but the two airplanes were roughly equal in speed and the F-4F was able to absorb far more damage. With its array of 6 x 12.7mm machine guns and its distinctive Thach weave maneuver, two Wildcats could handle four or five Zeros. Edward "Butch" OHare was a 1937 Annapolis graduate and a member of Fighting Squadron 3, which was based on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in early 1942. Japanese forces thrust towards Port Moresby, New Guinea, to gain a base for an invasion of Australia. The US Navy gambled one of their three Pacific aircraft carriers to strike the Japanese base at Rabaul in the Bismark Sea. But Japanese flying boats spotted the Lexington 400 miles from its target. Instead of launching
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