Dora Wings 1/48 P-43 Lancer
|PRICE:||$50.00 or so|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Republic P-43 Lancer was a single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane fighter aircraft built by Republic, first delivered to the United States Army Air Corps in 1940. A proposed development was the P-44 Rocket. While not a particularly outstanding fighter, the P-43A had a very good high-altitude performance coupled with an effective oxygen system. Fast and well-armed with excellent long-range capabilities, until the arrival of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the Lancer was the only American fighter capable of catching a Japanese Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah" reconnaissance plane at the speeds and heights at which they flew. In addition, the P-43 flew many long-range, high-altitude photo recon missions until replaced by F-4/F-5 Lightnings (P-38 variants) in both the USAAF and RAAF.
272 were built with about half going to the Chinese Air Force for use in combat. Their lack of self sealing fuel tanks made them easier to shoot down than the P-40. Some were used as photo recon aircraft thanks to its high speed and high altitude performance. In the US, the aircraft were basically used as advanced trainers.
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