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32706 Corgi   Hunter F.Mk 6 - IF-141 Belgian Air Force Red Devils £
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA32706: Hawker Hunter F.Mk 6 serial IF-141 of the
Belgian Air Force Red Devils aerobatic team. Limited edition of 2,500 pieces.

The Hawker Hunter was built under licence in Belgium by Avions Fairey and SABCA, firstly 111 Mk.4s between 1955-56, which were replaced by 144 Mk.6s built between 1956-58. In 1957, 'Les Diables Rouges' (The Red Devils) aerobatic team was formed by No.7 Wing of the Belgian Air Force at Chievres. Initially the team had five aircraft, but by 1959, the number of all-red Hunters had increased to sixteen. However, the ever-increasing danger of a multiple collision reduced this, in the next year, to just four plus one solo performer. In this form the 'Red Devils' performed at air shows throughout Europe until their final performance on 4th October 1963. 'IF- 141' was one of the team's aircraft, which was retired in 1964.

Designed to exceed the performance of the straight-wing carrier-based Hawker Sea Hawk, the Hawker Hunter first flew on July 21, 1951. Early versions of this swept-wing aircraft suffered from a host of problems such as a short range (Maximum flight endurance was only about one hour) and an unreliable engine, but a series of refinements resulted in an aircraft that went on to become history's longest-serving British jet fighter, with almost 50 years on the front lines. The Hunter's high power-to-weight ratio and improvements in armament and fuel capacity made it an appealing export, and during its service history it was operated by 19 different nations.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

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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