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001228 Corgi   SR-71A Blackbird - 61-7960, 9th SRW, Kadena 1978 (500 ONLY) £ 149.99
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  Fantastic Century Wings model of the SR-71A Blackbird 61-7960 of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Kadena Air base, Japan in 1978. Finished in anti-reflective black paint with high-visibility national and unit markings. Limited Edition of only 500 pieces worldwide, of which only a tiny proportion came to the UK. Highly detailed and accurate, the 1/72 scale Blackbird features completed landing gear sub-assemblies that snap quickly into place, eliminating the need to attach individual gear doors and struts that are found on similar diecast models. They also feature realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details, pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals, opening canopies revealing detailed cockpit interiors, selected moveable control surfaces, optional extended/retracted landing gear, presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight", detailed removeable pilots and crew members. Please note this model is almost 18 inches in length and is amazingly detailed. The Blackbirds contribution to aviation history is now legend and the model is an essential addition to any collection.

At 18" long (45cms) with just an 8" (21cm) wingspan the model features removeable undercarriage, engraved panel lines, pilot figures, and clear display stand. Please note the main undercarriage can only be fitted if display is to be freestanding and not on the display stand.

The Lockheed SR-71 was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works. The SR-71 was unofficially named the Blackbird, and called the Habu by its crews. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. A defensive feature of the aircraft was its high speed and operating altitude, whereby, if a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, standard evasive action was simply to accelerate. The SR-71 line was in service from 1964 to 1998, with 12 of the 32 aircraft being destroyed in accidents, though none were lost to enemy action.
 
 
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