WWII Navy Corsair Pilot 1:18 Scale Figure
New in the package 1:18 scale plastic, poseable US Navy pilot figure was made with excellent attention to historical details. He wears his khaki summer flight suit with the sleeves rolled up, summer flying helmet which appears to represent the early Navy / Marine Corps NAF 1092S (khaki cotton with brown hard leather ear cups), AN-6530 type goggles with green lenses, a .45 automatic in an open-top holster, and AN6519 pneumatic life vest which is marked "VF 17". Great to display on his own, or with a 1:18 scale model F4U Corsair or F6F Hellcat fighter. Recommended for ages 5+. Fighting 17 was the 'Jolly Rogers'; the first Navy squadron to use the skull and crossbones insignia on their aircraft. In 1943 they were originally slated to be part of the air group on USS Bunker Hill, but due to concerns about the long fuselage of the F4U obscuring the pilot's vision for carrier landings, they were instead assigned to forward air bases including Ondonga, New Georgia (WNW of Guadalcanal) and later Piva Yoke on Bougainville until April 1944. Their second tour in the Pacific was aboard the USS Hornet flying F6F Hellcats.