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001616 Corgi   SR-71A Blackbird - 61-7958, Fastest Airbreathing Jet (800) £ 159.99
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  Century Wings 001616: 1:72 scale diecast model of Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird serial 61-7958 of the 9th SRW, USAF Beale AFB, CA, 1990. Low limited edition of only 800 pieces. Surely essential to own a model of the fastest airbreathing jet aircraft ever!

Aircraft #61-7958 rolled off the assembly line on July 22nd, 1965 and was delivered to the US Air Force later that year. In July 1976, as part of the US Bicentennial celebrations, the aircraft took part in Operation "Glowing Speed", an attempt to regain absolute speed and altitude records which then belonged to the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. On July 27th, 1976, #958 set a new 1000km Closed Course speed record of 2,092 mph. Then on July 28th, #958 set the world absolute speed record of 2,193 mph. This record still stands as the fastest speed recorded by a manned airbreathing jet. This particular model depicts the aircraft as it appeared in 1990, while stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California. At that time, it featured a unique white habu snake painted on its tail. #958 was retired from service in 1990 and flown to the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia where it is currently on display.

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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