EST-72110 1/72 F-80C Shooting Star Jet Fighter model kit
In July 1944, Germany Air Forces started up serial production of Me-262 jet lighter lieing capable to night with the speed of 540 km/h. Taking this fact into consideration, Amiy Air Corps make its order in Lockheed Company to design and produce the jet fighter.
Eastern Express 1/72 F-80C Shooting Star Jet Fighter model kit. Pic.1
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In January 08, 1944, on the 203rd day from the contract's signing, XP-80 took off and reached the speed of 502 km/h. It was of prototype of P-80 Shooting Star. But the aircraft was late to take part in the 2nd World War. In the period of 1945 - 1955 P-80 was being built in three modification : ?, ? and C. The last one was tlie most developed modification, lately, ail produced fighters was converted into modification C. in the course of testing flight of P-80A, on 06.08.1945, Richard Bong Major perished, the most resulting American pilot of the 2nd World War. Ir. 1948, all P-80 and also alt aircraft of fighter type were named with new mark "F" in US Air Forces.
In 1950 the Korean War began and F-80 became a jet fighter which was first one on war duty in the sky of Korea. The air battle firstly won by F-80 Shooting Star took place in 25.07.1950. In the North-Eastern region of Korea, which known as "Alley Mig", the first battle ot jet fighters happened. In that day, 08.11.1950, lieutenant Russell Brown, the 16th interceptor-fighter squadron, brought down MiG-15.