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37301 Corgi   Vampire FB5 - 603/612 Sqns R(Aux)AF Natural Metal (2,510) £
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  De Havilland Vampire FB5 WG833 "GM" as flown by Wg Cdr E.G.L. Millington, Caledonian Wing Leader for both 603 and 612 Sqns, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, based at RAF Turnhouse in the early 1950s. Fantastic model which really does have to be seen to be appreciated in excellent natural metal livery. Limited edition of only 2,510 pieces. Now hard to find. No.603 reformed as a unit of the Auxiliary 10th May 1946 and began recruiting personnel to man a Spitfire squadron during June at Turnhouse. Receiving its first Spitfire in October, it flew this type until conversion to Vampires in May 1951. No. 612 Squadron also reformed with Spitfires in November 1946 at Aberdeen/Dyce and also converted to Vampires in June 1951 and both squadrons flew these until the Royal Auxiliary Air Force was disbanded on 10th March 1957. Both Squadrons were commanded by Wing Commander E.G.I. Millington, whose personal aircraft wore his initials on the nose. Thrown out of his home at sixteen, in 1944 Ernest Millington became Wing Commander in the RAF. A by-election in 1945 while the War was still underway made him youngest (and most reluctant) Member of Parliament, and the only elected representative of the left-wing Commonwealth Party. His life has led him from Essex to the Dordogne Via Bomber Command, the House of Commons, a third career teaching in inner London to a present happy retirement in France where he now resides.

The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was a British jet-engine fighter commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Following the Gloster Meteor, it was the second jet fighter to enter service with the RAF. Although it arrived too late to see combat during the war, the Vampire served with front line RAF squadrons until 1953 and continued in use as a trainer until 1966, although generally the RAF relegated the Vampire to advanced training roles in the mid-1950s and the type was generally out of RAF service by the end of the decade. The Vampire also served with many air forces worldwide, setting aviation firsts and records.

Almost 3,300 Vampires were built, a quarter of them under licence in other countries. The Vampire design was also developed into the de Havilland Venom fighter-bomber as well as naval Sea Vampire variants.
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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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