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001610 Corgi   SR-71A Blackbird - 9th SRW, USAF, Duxford Museum (800 ONLY) £
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  CW001610 - 1/72 SR-71 serial 61-7962 of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (SRW) in 1990. Currently on display in this livery at the American Hangar at Duxford Museum, Cambs, UK. Limited edition of only 800 pieces and offered at an extremely attractive price for such an amazing model.
18" long (45cms) with an 8" (21cm) wingspan. The model features optional undercarriage and canopy positions, 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.

This particular aircraft first flew in April 1966 and was delivered to the USAF in May. Itw as operated by the 9th SRW from Beale AFB in the US, Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan and Mildenhall AFB in Suffolk, UK. She made her last flight in 1990 and in 2001 was loaned to the Duxford Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire, UK. She is currently the only SR-71 on show outside the USA.

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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