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35701 Corgi   Messerschmitt ME262A-1a - JV 44, Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe £
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  Messerschmitt ME262A-1a 'White 3' as flown by Generalleutnant Adolf Galland of Verbandsfuhrer JV 44, Munich-Riem, April 1945.

The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Its use in WWII started in 1944 as a multi-role fighter/bomber/ reconnaissance warplane for the Luftwaffe. After the war, it influenced the designs of such aircraft as the American F-86 and Boeing B-47. Adolf Galland was a World War II German fighter pilot, who became commander of Germany's fighter force from 1941 to 1945. Of Austrian descent, Galland joined the Luftwaffe in 1933. Four years later, he was one of 20,000 German military personnel to see action in the Condor legion, which gave him valuable combat experience. Galland transferred to a fighter unit in 1940 and quickly reached Ace status during the Battle of France. Then, in November 1941, at the age of just 29 and with his score standing at 94 Galland became General der Jagdflieger. Our example of Galland's Messerschmitt recalls the occasion when he was tasked to form Jagdverband (JV 44) in March 1945. After 7 kills over the USAAF, Galland led JV 44 until his last mission on 26 April 1945, when he was wounded in a dogfight with a US P-47 Thunderbolt. Despite that, he managed a "wheels up" crash landing, without destroying the plane. At this late stage in the War, Galland was concerned about his men and tried to negotiate a separate surrender for the JV 44 pilots. He surrendered to the United States Army in early May. He had claimed a total of 104 victories in 705 missions for which he had been awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross, with oak leaves, swords and diamonds, one of only 27 recipients of the highest German military decoration.
This model is from the legends series, with fixed lowered undercarriage on a diorama base within a plastic blister. Now a truly hard to find model as relatively few appear to have been made.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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