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#AA-2089   1/72 scale  North American AJ-2 (A-2B) Savage  US Navy first nuclear-power

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

52 resin / metal parts

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clear-resin canopy & Decal

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Span 302 mm

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Length 267 mm

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Unit price: US$92

Shipping charge: US$14

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$1.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In August 1945, after the first atomic bomb was dropped successfully, the US Navy launched a competition for a carrier-based attack aircraft that would be capable of delivering a atomic bomb. The North American Aviation submitted the NA-16 design which was a largest carrier-based aircraft at the time. It was powered by a pair of large radial engines plus a single turbojet mounted in the rear fuselage. In 1946, the Navy ordered three prototypes, designated AJ-1 Savage. Production aircrafts were ordered in 1947. A total of 55 AJ-1s were built. In 1950, the Navy issued a contract for the conversion of 42 of the original AJ-1s to a new and improved attack version AJ-2. In 1951, an additional 55 new AJ-2s were ordered. Although the AJ Savage had originally been built as an attack aircraft, it was destined not to serve very long in that role. The AJ Savage rapidly became obsolete as the jet powered A3D Skywarrior became available. Instead, many AJ-2 Savages were converted as inflight refuelling tankers. In 1962, surviving AJ-2s were redesignated A-2B under the new unified designation system.

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Carrier-based attack bomber

To develop a high performance attack bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapon

71ft.5in.

63ft.1in.

21ft.5in

1x Allison J33-A1 turbo-jet engine / 2x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-44W radial engines

471 mph

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12,000 lbs. bomb load

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Model References

The North American AJ-2 Savage is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S. Navy attack aircraft 1946 ~ 1962

Douglas AD (A-1) Skyraider

Douglas A2D Skyshark

Douglas A3D (A-3) (B-66) Skywarrior

Douglas A4D (A-4) Skyhawk

Grumman AF Guardian

Grumman A2F (A-6) Intruder

Martin AM Mauler

North American AJ (A-2) Savage

North American A2J Super Savage

North American A3J (A-5) Vigilante

Vought AU Corsair

Post war U.S. Turbo-prop aircraft 1946 ~ 1962

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The Korean War operation 1950 ~ 1953

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Post war U.S. Navy experimental aircraft