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Superb 1/200 scale diecast model by Aviation 200 of the Armstrong Whitworth AW-660 Argosy C.1 twin tail boom, 4 engined transport XR106 of the Royal Air Force in 2 tone sand and brown camouflage scheme with black undersides. Wingspan over 6 inches. HIGHLY COLLECTABLE Limited edition of only 360 units, complete with uniquely numbered certificate.
The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was a British post-war military transport/cargo aircraft and was the last aircraft produced by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft. Although given different type numbers, the AW.650 civil and AW.660 military models were both called “Argosy” and for practical purposes are basically the same design.
The Argosy was used by the Royal Air Force for its capability to accommodate 69 troops, 48 stretcher cases or 29,000 lb (13,000 kg) of freight. This meant it could carry military equipment such as the Saracen or Ferret armoured cars, or artillery such as the 105 mm (4.13 in) howitzer or Wombat. Design changes to the Saracen and the mainspar running through the top of the freight bay subsequently precluded the use of the Argosy as a Saracen transport.
The earliest deployments were in 1962 to 105 Squadron in the Middle East and 114 and 267 Squadrons at RAF Benson. The following year, 215 Squadron received its Argosies when based at RAF Changi, Singapore. The squadron was disbanded on New Year’s Eve 1967, and the aircraft went to 70 Squadron at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. This was the last squadron to operate the aircraft in the transport role when it retired the last aircraft in February 1975, they had been replaced by Lockheed Hercules from December 1970. The E.1 version of the Argosy was with 115 Squadron from 1968 to 1978, most of the time based at RAF Cottesmore and used in the calibration role.