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37205 Corgi   Halton - Red Eagle, Eagle Aviation, Berlin Airlift (1,000) £ 0.00
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  Handley Page Halton (civilian version of Halifax) in the vivid read livery of Red Eagle of Eagle Aviation Ltd, which was heavily involved in the Berlin Air Lift in 1948. Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces.

Length 12 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches

During the Berlin Airlift Halifaxes were used as heavy freight transporters. A detachable pannier was fitted to the underside of the fuselage to increase the capacity. This proved invaluable for the transportation of salt. Sunderland flying boats were earmarked for this task as they were treated against the corrosive effects of salt water. However when Lake Havel froze over in the winter months the Sunderlands were unable to operate and the Halifaxes took over. Because the panniers were separate from the main airframe the controls were protected from the corrosive effect of the salt and any spillage just blew away in the slipstream. G-ALEF 'Red Eagle' was operated by Eagle Aviation Ltd, one of several civil airlines to offer their services during the operation. 'Red Eagle' completed a total of 227 sorties during the airlift, carrying 1,481 tons of cargo. The aircraft was scrapped in 1950.

Designed to meet an Air Ministry specification for a twin-engined "world-wide use" medium bomber, the Handley Page Halifax first flew on September 24, 1939. This aircraft was one of the first British bomber designs to use four engines. During WWII, it flew 82,773 operations for the RAF Bomber Command, dropping 224,207 tons of bombs. It also served as a glider tug and in special operations missions such as parachute drops of arms and agents over occupied Europe. Under the RAF Coastal Command, the aircraft served in reconnaissance and meteorological roles, and in anti-submarine warfare. After the war, Halifaxes went on to serve as freighters for British airlines.
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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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