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39405 Corgi   Valiant B Mk1 - WZ365 18 Sqn RAF Finningley, White £ 0.00
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  AA39405 - 1/72 Scale Vickers Valiant B Mk.1, WZ365, 18 Squdron, RAF Finningley, South Yorkshire, December 1959. Wingspan: 245mm

One of the many Valiants to have something of a turbulent service life, WZ365 ranks among only a select group of Valiants to perform at the Farnborough Air Show, performing a flypast there with three other machines prior to its delivery to 232 Operational Conversion Unit based at RAF Gaydon in 1955. While serving there it suffered a canopy separation on the 6th June 1956 and after repairs, was transferred to 199 Squadron RAF Wyton. It remained with the Squadron until its final operational move to 18 Squadron at RAF Finningley on 25th January 1959. It was with this unit that the aircraft was to see out the last of its days, moving in April 1963 to St Athan for storage as a non-effective aircraft. It was scrapped in 1965 along with nearly all of the other Valiants. Plagued by structural issues, their time as an effective V-bomber was over and only one survives today.

The Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant was a British four-jet bomber, once part of the Royal Air Force's V bomber nuclear force in the 1950s and 1960s. The Valiant was the first of the V bombers to become operational, and was followed by the Handley Page Victor and the Avro Vulcan; however it was noticeably less advanced than its counterparts. Several Valiants were soon converted to perform various support roles, such as aerial refuelling tankers and reconnaissance aircraft.

The Valiant was intended for operations as a high-level strategic bomber. By late 1964 it was found that all variants of the Valiant showed premature fatiguing and inter-crystalline corrosion in wing spar attachment castings traced to the use of a poorly understood aluminium alloy, DTD683. Rather than proceeding with an expensive rebuilding program, the Valiant was formally retired in 1965. Its duties were continued by the other V-bombers which remained in service until the 1980s.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

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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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