Original U.S. Vietnam War Era Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Recognition Model Airplane

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Original Item: Only One Available. Circa 1970s -Early 1980s U.S. Military Identification model of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka “Warthog”)Ground Attack Aircraft. Constructed of a durable synthetic material. Overall in excellent condition, with some expected wear to the surfaces and markings here and there. Wingspan measures 13”, with the length from tip of the fuselage to the tail measuring 12.5”

During World War Two there was a mass of teaching materials used by the armed forces to train gunners and aircrew in the identification of aircraft, ships and ground vehicles. The ability of servicemen to identify "friend or foe" in an instant was crucial to combat survival and the subject of recognition was taught in just about every World War II service school. These “recognition models” (also known as “ID” or “spotter” models) were seen as critical to the war effort. Some were detailed for use in educational films or for marking identification, but many were simply painted black to simulate a silhouette. These helped familiarize observers with the outlines of planes from all possible angles.  The tradition of using Identification models has continued to the present day.
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