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30007 Corgi   DC-3 - South African Airways, Polished (1,000) £
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  Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA30007: Douglas DC-3 in the highly attractive livery of South African Airways. Limited edition of only 1,700 pieces, finished in polished metal. Box underside has a few scuff marks.

First flown in 1943 from Santa Monica, California, ZS-BXF (c/n 12107) was one of nearly eleven thousand Douglas DC-3s built. South African Airways first put the type into service in 1946 and a total of eight were used all over South Africa until 1970, when SAA became an all-turbine fleet. This DC-3 was originally delivered to the RAF as a military C-47 in November 1943 as FZ572. It was transferred to the South African Air Force in January 1944 and was civilianised for South African Airways and joined SAA in August 1948, named "Klapperkop". After retirement from SAA in 1970, it reverted to further service with the South African Air Force, before being refurbished for use by the South African Airways Historic Flight.

Designed to meet an American Airlines requirement for an enlarged version of the DC-2, the DC-3 was first flown on December 17th, 1935. Capable of carrying 24 passengers at a cruising speed of 180 mph, the DC-3's speed and long range revolutionized commercial air travel in the 1930s and 40s, when it carried 90 percent of the world's air travelers. Early DC-3s used Wright R-1820 Cyclone engines, but Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp Radials were fitted to later versions; these engines had better single engine performance and allowed the DC-3 to fly at higher altitudes.
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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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