1/72 Hobbyboss F9F-2 Panther
Just finished this one today. The markings represent Neil Armstrongs F9F-2. He was shot down in this aircraft on Sept 3, 1951. While on a armed reconnaissance mission south of Wonsan, he was hit by ground fire while making a bombing run at about 350mph. While trying to regain control he subsequently collided with a telegraph pole at a altitude of about 20ft which sliced off about 3ft of his starboard wing. Armstrong then flew the stricken aircraft back over friendly territory and ejected. He planned to eject over water and await rescue by Navy Helicopters, but wind blew him over land and he was rescued by a roomate from flight school driving a jeep. Neil was in my Fraternity (Phi Delta Theta) Purdue '55. I also volunteer aboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space museum which was the ship that recovered him after his Apollo 11 Mission to the moon so there are quite a few connections with this build. The kit is the 1/72 Hobbyboss F9F-2. I added a Eduard Zoom set. Quickboost nose and guns, resin nav lights from Aires and Aires wheels as well. Paint is MRP
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