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Constellation – TWA, Polished finish (2,300 ONLY)
Lockheed L-049 Constellation in the fantastic livery of Trans World Airlines during 1946. Limited edition of only 2,300 pieces in superb polished metal finish. Metal is slightly tarnished associated with the age of model. Now hard to find.
Boeing 707-336 – G-AXGW, BOAC (1,900 ONLY) RARE
Boeing 707-336 G-AXGW in the outstanding livery of BOAC during 1970. Limited Edition of only 1,900 pieces from Oct 02, complete with a set of liveried steps. Highly sought after, superb looking model, now as hard to find as rocking horse droppings.
AV-8C Harrier – NASA Research Centre (Dam Box)
Hawker Siddeley Harrier AV-8C as used for research purposes by the AMES research center, Moffett Field, Ca, USA. Ltd Edition of only 3,300. Box is a little damaged, so please don’t purchase if this is important to you.
The Hawker Siddeley Harrier, known colloquially as the “Harrier Jump Jet”, was developed in the 1960s and formed the first generation of the Harrier series of aircraft. It was the first operational close-support and reconnaissance fighter aircraft with vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) capabilities and the only truly successful V/STOL design of the many that arose in that era. The Harrier was produced directly from the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel prototypes following the cancellation of a more advanced supersonic aircraft, the Hawker Siddeley P.1154. The Royal Air Force (RAF) ordered the Harrier GR.1 and GR.3 variants in the late 1960s. It was exported to the United States as the AV-8A, for use by the US Marine Corps (USMC), in the 1970s. The RAF positioned the bulk of their Harriers in West Germany to defend against a potential invasion of Western Europe by the Soviet Union; the unique abilities of the Harrier allowed the RAF to disperse their forces away from vulnerable airbases. The USMC used their Harriers primarily for close air support, operating from amphibious assault ships, and, if needed, forward operating bases. Harrier squadrons saw several deployments overseas. The Harrier’s ability to operate with minimal ground facilities and very short runways allowed it to be used at locations unavailable to other fixed-wing aircraft. The Harrier received criticism for having a high accident rate and for a time-consuming maintenance process. In the 1970s the British Aerospace Sea Harrier was developed from the Harrier for use by the Royal Navy (RN) on Invincible-class aircraft carriers. The Sea Harrier and the Harrier fought in the 1982 Falklands War, in which the aircraft proved to be crucial and versatile. The RN Sea Harriers provided fixed-wing air defence while the RAF Harriers focused on ground-attack missions in support of the advancing British land force. The Harrier was also extensively redesigned as the AV-8B Harrier II and British Aerospace Harrier II by the team of McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace. The innovative Harrier family and its Rolls-Royce Pegasus engines with thrust vectoring nozzles have generated long-term interest in V/STOL aircraft. Similar V/STOL operational aircraft include the contemporary Soviet Yakovlev Yak-38 as well as one variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which is currently under development.
Spitfire Mk1XE – 127 Sqn RAF, Peter Hillwood 1944
Oxford Aviation AC016 Spitfire Mk1XE of 127 Sqn RAF, as flown by Peter Hillwood in the Netherlands during 1944.
Perfect accompaniment to the Corgi range of 1/72 WW2 fighters. Has to be seen to be appreciated. To be displayed in flight only, complete with stand.