Trench Art P-51 Mustang
Previous price was $34.95.
Conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA), the P-51 Mustang was a long-range, single seat fight bomber used during WWII, the Korean War and other conflicts. Introduced in 1940, it had a 1,490 hp engine, a 37' wingspan, and could reach speeds of 437 mph. First flown operationally by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a tactical reconnaissance aircraft and fighter bomber. Through various engine upgrades, the definitive version (P51-D) had a super charged engine and was armed with 6 .50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns. It was used to escort bombers in raids over Germany. Mustang pilots claimed almost 5,000 enemy aircraft shot down during WWII. After the wars, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing. They were preserved and flown as historic war bird aircraft in air shows.
Trench Art became an important pastime for soldiers during both World Wars. Soldiers are always looking for ways to fill their down time. During those two wars, they did not have the technology they have today so t developed other ways to keep themselves occupied. They used any scrap of materials available to them, sometimes it was a matchbook cover, sometimes scraps of aircraft aluminum. Because of the nature of the material, items made from metals were the ones that tended to survive.
This aluminum desk model is an exact copy of a piece of trench art from WWII. It is made of recycled aircraft aluminum with propellers that appear to be in motion. An engraving of the plane, along with plane specifics, is located at the base of the stand. Measures 6-1/2" x 6-1/8" x 6" tall. Weighs 13.8 oz.