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33608 Corgi   Tornado IDS - MFG 1 Bundesmarine (Geman Navy), Schleswig £
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33608: Panavia Tornado IDS of MFG 1
Bundesmarine (Geman Navy), Schleswig, Germany, 1987. Armed with AS.34 Kormoran (cormorant) anti shipping missiles. Limited edition of 2,200 pieces. Now hard to find.

In 1974 German officials drastically reduced their order of originally 700 aircraft to 324 examples, of which 112 were bound for the German Navy. This meant, the Tornado would only replace the F-104G Starfighter in both Navy and Air Force. MFG 1 had the honour to be the first Bundesmarine unit to be equipped with the multirole aircraft, as they started conversion in 1982. It took approximately one year until all of the 48 Tornados were received. Navy crews were delighted with the performance of the newly acquired aircraft, as the Starfighter had never been the Navy's choice. The Tornado marked a vast improvement in respects of weapons load, avionics, navigational aids and accuracy, range and safety. After the reunification and with a disappearing threat from the east, the German armed forces had to reduce costs drastically. Amongst others, MFG 1 was one of the units to be disestablished. This took place on 31st December 1993.

Designed in collaboration with Britain, West Germany and Italy, the Tornado was first flown on August 14th, 1974 and is thought by many to be the most important military aircraft in Western European history. Nicknamed "The Flying Fin" because of its large tail fin, the Tornado has a variable wing sweep design and is capable of taking off and landing on short airstrips. It is equipped with terrain-following radar, which allows for hands-off, low-level flight in any weather. There are three primary versions: an electronic combat/reconnaissance version, an interceptor and a highly versatile strike fighter-bomber capable of carrying almost all of NATO's air-launched weapons.
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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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