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Continued development of War-time Planes was a huge demand an America, as the strategy changed in the Pacific Theater; so to did the production of different models change for Vintage Pedal Planes, needed for various roles to play. The B-24 Liberator III had turbocharged rather than supercharged engines. The turbocharged engine led to the flattened oval nacelles. The Liberator III was used for British service in 1943, equipped with 10- .50 caliber machine guns; and weighed in at 59,524 lbs., one of the heaviest aircraft in the world at the time. Because of the demand, production was increased at a record pace thru 1943 by Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego. More B-24′s were fabricated by Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and by North American Aviation in Dallas, Texas- however they couldn’t be built fast enough. Ford Motor Company would you believe,an Auto-maker turned Airplane-maker building a plant in Detroit, Michigan in 1941 and joined the race to fabricate the remarkable B-24′s at an incredible rate, producing 650 – B-24′s per month in 1944; and by 1945 would account for producing 70% of all B-24′s in 9 hour shifts. The imposing Liberator has a powered gun turret in the upper nose to minimize vulnerability to head on attacks, improved with bomb sights, autopilot, and fuel transfer system. As the War progressed , servicing the Liberator continued to be a challenging and complex function. Although the Liberator had it’s challenges, it proved be one of the most reliable bombers for the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force and South African Air Force as well.
During the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 420 Zeros were active in the Pacific. The carrier-borne fighter had a tremendous range of over 1,600 miles allowed it to range farther from its carrier than expected, appearing over distant battlefronts and giving Allied commanders the impression that there were several times as many Zeros as actually existed. The Zero quickly gained a fearsome reputation. Thanks to a combination of excellent maneuverability and firepower. It proved a difficult opponent even for the Supermarine Spitfire. The Mitsubishi fighter could out-turn the Spitfire with ease, sustaining a climb at a very steep angle, staying in the air for three times as long. In contrast, Allied fighters were designed with ruggedness and pilot protection in mind. The resilience of early Grumman aircraft was a factor in preventing the Zero from attaining total domination. When the powerful Lockheed P-38 Lighting, Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair appeared in the Pacific theater, the Mitsubishi Zero was hard-pressed to remain competitive. The Corsair Vintage Pedal Plane is a replica of the actual Corsair that was used by the Royal Navy, Marines, and U.S. Navy. Considered as the fastest plane during its time, this toy plane can certainly bring delight to all kids with its striking blue color, rotating propeller and snapped padded seat.
Some of the first human-powered-planes were airplanes powered by direct human energy and the force of gravity. Humans were the only source of thrust. Early attempts at human-powered flight were unsuccessful, because of the difficulty of achieving the high power-to-weight ratio. An early human-powered aircraft was the Gerhardt cycleplane, it’s only human-powered takeoff was a short hop of 20 feet, reaching an altitude of 2 feet. In 1934, Zaschka from Germany flew about 20 meters, without an assisted takeoff. The first authentic takeoff and landing of a man-powered-aircraft was in 1961 by Piggott in Southampton University, being launched air-borne for 650 meters. Then Puffin in 1965, topped the previous record by flying over a half-mile, and climbing to approximately 16 feet. One thing is certain, it took ingenuity and innovation to make the human-powered-planes; likewise – although the Vintage Pedal Planes do not really fly, the pilot is flying in spirit; it is human-powered, as the pilot turns the wheel pivoting the rear wheel, pedal-power is the pedal planes propulsion. Here is a treasure that you can delight yourself or your little kid with! Our Vintage Pedal Planes are certainly one of the best vintage toys that you will ever encounter. It is due to its classic style, which is copied exactly from the classic planes that are quite famous from the 50′s. Its lead-free powder coat with decals finish will definitely assure you that this product can last for a lifetime. Ideal for all children between two and five years old, this amazing toy has a lot of features that include moving spring-loaded propeller, sealed ball bearing drive, non-slip pedals and high-traction tires. It’s exquisite design is just like the original, enabling you to instantly go back in time.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1944, had need of replacing their obsolescent Curtis P-40 Fighter Planes in the South Pacific – the ticket was the F4U Corsair Fighter Plane. They would receive up to 237 F4U’s during the Second World War, from the American Air Force. By the time the Corsairs arrived, there were virtually no Japanese Aircraft left in New Zealand’s sector of the Southern Pacific. They were used primarily for close support of American, Australian and New Zealand soldiers fighting the Japanese. The Corsair was retired from service in 1947. Featured – is our beautifully crafted Corsair Vintage Pedal Plane, certainly an attention getter for any “Top Gun”.
The Corsair Fighter served well in the Central Pacific and Phillipines, supporting amphibious landings. Charles Lindbergh flew the Corsair for the Marines as an advisor for United Aircraft Corporation, to better increase it’s payload and range in the attack role. Lindberg was successful carrying a 2,000 pound bomb under the centerline and a 1,000 pound bomb under each wing; performing experimental strikes on Japanese positions in the Marshall Islands. By 1945, the Corsair was a notorious “Mud-Fighter”, placing strikes with high-explosive bombs, napalm tanks, and Hvar’s. Out of 9,581 sorties, F4U Pilots claimed 2,140 air combat victories, for an overall kill ratio of over 11:1. The Corsair Vintage Pedal Plane , bore the brunt of fighter-bomber missions, credited for 70% of total bombs dropped by fighters during the war. Surely, any “TopGun” would be proud to serve in one of these Gems.
Altitude was the operating characteristic for the F4U Corsair, to be successful over the “Zero” Japanese Fighter. Altitude dictated the terms of battle, as the F4U could out-perform a “Zero” in every aspect- except slow speed maneuverability and slow speed rate of climb. Running slow was just not a part of the Corsair’s equation. At the end of WW II, the Corsair finished strong in a famous campaign known as the “Black Sheep” Squadron, led by Marine Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, in an area of the Solomon Islands called “The Slot”. Featured, is our stunning Corsair Vintage Pedal Planes with- padded and snapped seat, rotating propeller, non-slip pedals, all wrapped in a high-luster Powder Coat finish and custom graphics. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Pilot will become a “Top Gun”, with this Gem having an influence in pursuing a rewarding career.
The Sparrowhawk was a parasite Fighter, making it’s home-base aboard the USS Akron or USS Macon. A small fighter, only had a wingspan of 25′ and a fuselage of 20′, made an ideal Fighter among the fleet. It’s primary duty was Reconnaissance, providing the Carrier with a much wider search area. Launching and Recovery from the Airship, was nothing short of a tricky maneuver ; the Biplanes hook was engaged on the trapeze inside the hanger, the trapeze was then lowered clear of the Hull into the “moving” Airship’s slipstream with engine running, the Sparrowhawk would disengage its hook and fall away from the Airship, and recover by flying up underneath it’s Mother ship, faster than the Airship – all a result of “the Flying Trapeze”. Aboard our arsenal of Vintage Pedal Planes , is our beautifully crafted Red Baron Pedal Biplane similar to the Sparrowhawk. With stunning appointments, rotating propeller, and padded seat. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Pilot will fly into Orbit with joy, and have memories for a Lifetime.
The Spitfire MK I, was designed in the 30′s by Reginald J. Mitchell, fitted with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine with three bladed twin pitch propeller. This Pursuit Fighter Plane was most famous playing a vital role in the Battle of Britain, being a formidable match for the German “Messerschmitt”. Fitted with a high rounded canopy for better visibility, a Merlin Engine packing 1030 hp. It’s armament included (8) 303 machine guns in the wings, and later carried (2) 20 mm Cannons in the MK 1b model. Our beautifully crafted “Pursuit” Vintage Pedal Planes, are a perfect replica of the “Spitfire” Pursuit Fighter Plane. Featuring – rubber tires, non-slip pedals, padded and snapped seat, rotating propeller as rear wheel pivots, Toy safety tested, chrome appointments, all wrapped in a high luster Powder Coat finish and custom graphics. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Tyke or Princess would be Thrilled in getting an early start, in becoming a “Top Gun”.
The F4U Corsair was regarded by Japanese Pilots, as the most formidable American Fighter of WWII, the U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio. The Corsair was also the last American Fighter Aircraft to feature fabric as the skinning for the top and bottom of each outer wing. Seriously equipped with six wing mounted .50 inch M2 Browning Machine Guns, 2300 rounds gave just under 30 seconds of fire from each gun, fired in three to six-second bursts, made the F4U a devastating weapon against other Aircraft and Targets. The USMC aviators welcomed the Corsair with open arms as its performance was far superior to the Brewster Buffalo and Grumman F4F-3 and 4 Wildcat. The Corsair was faster and could out-climb and out-dive the Japanese Zero. Similarly offered, our stunning Corsair Vintage Pedal Planes, featuring – high traction rubber tires, padded snapped seat, rotating propeller, all metal body wrapped in a high luster Powder Coat finish and custom graphics. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Top Gun will be thrilled to enter Flight School, by your beautifully crafted gift, that will bring years of Joy and memories.