North American Usn Savage AJ-2 1/46 (**)

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This high quality replica is handcrafted from mahogany and comes with a wooden base. Product measures 16.5 L X 20.5 WSP.

The North American AJ Savage (later A-2 Savage) was a carrier-based bomber aircraft built for the United States Navy by North American Aviation. The original contract was awarded in June 1946 first flight 3 July 1948 and the plane entered service in 949.

At the end of World War II the US Navy felt the need to acquire a nuclear strike capability to maintain its political influence. In the short term carrier-based aircraft were the ideal solution. Nuclear munitions at that time were bulky and required a large aircraft to carry them. The Navy improvised a carrier-based nuclear strike plane by modifying the Lockheed P2V Neptune twin-prop ocean patrol aircraft for carrier takeoff using jet assisted takeoff (JATO) rocket boosters with initial takeoff tests in 1948. But the Neptune couldn't land on a carrier so the crew either had to make their way to a friendly land base after a strike or ditch in the sea near a US Navy vessel.

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