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P-51D Mustang #44-15310 "DoDo", Clinton Burdick, Signature Edition 

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Hobby Master 1:48 HA7720A
P-51D Mustang #44-15310 "DoDo", Clinton Burdick, Signature Edition

Historical Note:



***  Hand Signed by Pilot Cpt. Clinton Burdock (Nameplate Signed by Cpt. Clinton Burdick!)

Clint Burdick was born on July 26, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on October 21, 1942, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Foster Field, Texas, on March 12, 1944. After completing P-47 Thunderbolt training, Lt Burdick joined the 361st Fighter Squadron of the 356th Fighter Group in England in September 1944, where he soon transitioned into the P-51 Mustang. Between December 1944 and February 1945 he was credited with the destruction of 5.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 3 damaged and 1 on the ground while strafing an enemy airfield. He then returned to the U.S. and was discharged in 1946. Clint then attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1950 and a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1952. He worked in the aviation and electronics industry until retiring in 1989. His father, Howard Burdick, was credited with the destruction of 7 enemy aircraft in aerial combat during World War I, making them the only father and son aces in U.S. Military History. Clint Burdick died on February 17, 2013.

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 The Mustang began the Korean War as the United Nations' main fighter, but was relegated to a ground attack role when superseded by jet fighters early in the conflict.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-51D Mustang - "DoDo," Cpt. Clinton Burdick, 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, USAAF, England, 1944,  "Signature Edition"

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  1. Son of an ace 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Apr 2020

    The unique history of father(WWI) and son(WWII) aces was the draw for me on this airframe. HM quality once again is tops. Now if HM would just keep making 1:48 scale I'd be a happy collector. Thanks Aikens for your outstanding service.