Mastercraft Collection: Wedell Williams "Red Lion"..
Wingspan: 15.75 inches
Length: 12.5 inches
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The Wedell-Williams Model 44 is a racing aircraft. Four were built in the United States in the early 1930s and they soon became the dominant racers, setting innumerable records including setting a new world speed record in 1933. This specific Model 44 is painted as "Red Lion", built for famous aviator, Roscoe Turner. Turner's Model 44 was built with a new wing design and proved to be an exceptional performer. In the Model 44, Turner won the Bendix Trophy in 1933 and the Thompson trophy in 1934. He also won the Thompson Trophy in 1938 and 1939 but in a different airplane. Turner retired from racing after the 1939 Thompson race claiming that, at the age of 44, he was too old to race anymore. In 1952, Turner was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the US Congress for his contributions to aviation.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!