About “Ridge Runner III” and Maj. Pierce “Mac” McKennon: The newest 1/48 scale, die cast P-51D Mustang from Hobby Master tells quite the story! “Ridge Runner III” was flown by 12-victory ace Maj. Pierce “Mac” McKennon, who cheated death twice during World War II. Hit by flak on August 28, 1944, he had to bail out over France, where he was saved by the Resistance, and was again shot down on March 8, 1945, and rescued by his wingman, Lt. George Green, who landed his Mustang to pick up McKennon and return to base with the Major sitting on his lap. A model with a unique story, this P-51D, which has two parachutes painted beneath the canopy identifying it as McKennon’s third Mustang, will be an exciting addition to any collector’s display.
About the P-51: The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was a long-range single-seat World War II fighter aircraft. Designed and built in just 117 days, the Mustang first flew in Royal Air Force (RAF) service as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft before conversion to a bomber escort, employed in raids over Germany, helping ensure Allied air superiority from early 1944.The P-51 was in service with Allied air forces in Europe and also saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. The Mustang began the Korean War as the United Nations' main fighter, but was relegated to a ground attack role when superseded by jet fighters early in the conflict. Nevertheless, it remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s
Info: P-51 Mustang - “Ridge Runner III,” Pilot Maj. Pierce “Mac” McKennon