Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary, December 7th 1941 - 2021(1:72) By Corgi Diecast Aviation
Item Number: AA36112
About Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary, December 7th 1941 - 2021(1:72)
As the Japanese naval Task Force prepared to launch its devastating surprise attack against multiple US military targets around the massive naval base at Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, their main targets may have been the huge warships moored in Battleship Row, but they were acutely aware of the threat posed by another American machine. The Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boats based on the Island of Oahu possessed the range to detect theJapanese ships and could alert American forces to their presence, not only undermining the effectiveness of the strike, but also placing the ships in danger of attack themselves.With a strong force of Mitsubishi Zero fighters retained to protect the task force from air attack, pilots performing this role knew that if a Catalina strayed too close, they would only have seconds to destroy the aircraft, before it could relay details of its discovery to naval headquarters, where a coordinated attack could immediately be launched. As it was, a US Navy Catalina did detect the Japanese raid prior to the first bomb falling, but that of a midget submarine approaching the entrance of the harbour. Immediately launching an attack on the vessel and reporting their discovery to headquarters via coded message, the main attack had already started before military officials had time to plan their response.
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Fixed wing aviation has seen dramatic development over the past 100 years, from the basic wood and fabric aircraft of the Great War, to the awesome power of the high-tech jet fighters in service with today’s air forces. Corgi presents a range of high quality detailed die-cast model aircraft covering a wide range of eras and types. Corgi is a die-cast model manufacturer based in Britain. They have been producing diecast metal models for over 50 years and are one of the the best known die-cast model makers in the world. Many of their early models are highly sought after. In the realm of aviation the Corgi Classics Line produces a range of high quality, detailed, diecast model aircrafts. The collection is comprised of various aircraft types from wars across time, and includes biplanes, fighters, bombers, personnel carriers, jets and helicopters. Each aircraft comes with a display stand and optional parts allowing collectors to display the model in flight or stationary with the undercarriage down. These models also include an individually numbered certificate of authenticity detailing the significant history of each aircraft.
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