BAC Strikemaster Mk.80A – Royal Saudi Air Force livery, Viper Team “G-VPER” 2010
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Sky Max 1/72 scale SM7005: BAC Strikemaster Mk.80A 1133 in Royal Saudi Air Force livery, as part of Viper Team “G-VPER”. The team flew 4 of the Strikemaster jets in 2010 and was named after the Rolls Royce Viper engine used by them. The Strikemaster version had wingtip fuel tanks to extend the range for low level missions. Only 600 Produced. The Skymax range is no longer being manufactured, so no more of this excellent casting are ever likely to be made. Complete with optional position undercarriage and cockpit canopy plus weapon load and display stand.
Length 5.75 inches Wingspan 6 inches
Grandchild of the propeller-driven Hunting Percival Provost training aircraft, and close sibling to the Jet Provost trainer, the two-seat, jet-propelled BAC 167 Strikemaster multi-role attack aircraft was deemed especially well-suited for advanced training, counterinsurgency, ground attack and reconnaissance functions.
A direct derivative of the Jet Provost T Mk 5, the Strikemaster was modified with an up-rated engine, wing hard-points, a strengthened airframe, new communication and navigation gear, up-rated ejection seats, a revised fuel system, and shortened landing gear.
Capable of operating from rough air strips, with dual ejection seats suitable even for low-altitude escape, it was widely used by the air forces of Botswana, Ecuador, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Yemen and Sudan, and saw combat in Ecuador, Oman and South Yemen during its service life.
In its combat configuration the Strikemaster was fitted with two .303 machine guns, each with 525 rounds of ammunition. With eight hard-points, the wings could carry an external load of 3,000 lbs. of bombs, rockets or Napalm.
Of the 16 Strikemasters acquired by the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1972, use of the aircraft was reduced from 1981 onward, after cracking was discovered in the main wing structures. Turbulence and high usage were given as the probable cause. Considering the necessary re-winging of the aircraft to be an unwarrantable expense, the RNZAF retired them in 1994, replacing them with the Aermacchi MB339-CB. Similar problems with the Strikemaster led the air force of Ecuador to ground their fleet of the aircraft for months at a time while causes were identified and corrected, where possible.
The last new Strikemasters were built in 1984. In all, 146 were sold. While few, if any, remain in active military service, many have been given new lives as refurbished “warbirds” in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. The side-by-side two-seater has a top speed of 518 mph and a maximum range of 1382 miles, making it an attractive sport aircraft for those who relish such performance.