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001606 Corgi   SR-71A Blackbird - 9th SRW, 1st SRS Libyan Raider (500) £ 0.00
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  Century Wings 001606: 1:72 scale diecast model of Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird of the 9th SRW, 1st SRS, USAF Det.4, #61-7960 "Libyan Raider", Maj.Brian Shul and Maj.Walter Watson, Libya, April 1986 Operation El Dorado CanyonOn 15 April 1986. Limited edition of only 500 pieces

Operation El Dorado Canyon launched air-strikes against Libya in response to Libya's bombing of a Berlin discotheque frequented by US military personnel. The attack was carried out by a strike-group of eighteen USAF F-111s supported by numerous USN and USMC A-6, A-7 and F/A-18 aircraft. Shortly after the raid, SR-71 #64-17960 piloted by Maj. Brian Shul with RSO Maj.Walter Watson, entered Libyan airspace at a blistering 2,125 mph to photograph the targets for bomb damage assessment. As they neared the end of their sweeps, they started receiving launch indications from Libyan surface-to-air missile sites below. Counting on the SR-71s incredible performance, they held their course and managed to outrun the missiles before returning home safely to RAF Mildenhall. The aircraft is currently on display at the Castle Air Force Base Museum in California.

Designed as a long-range, strategic reconnaissance aircraft, The Lockheed SR-71 first flew on December 22, 1964. Nicknamed "The Blackbird," this highly-advanced aircraft was believed by many to be ahead of its time. It was capable of mach 3 and still holds the record for the fastest "air breathing manned aircraft" in the world. Its speed and ability to operate at high altitudes served as a defensive feature; when attacked by surface-to-air missiles, the pilot needed only to accelerate to avoid being struck. Only 32 SR-71's were operated during its 34-year service history, and though 12 were destroyed in accidents none were lost to enemy attack.
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