Delivered to 543 Squadron in October 1956, WZ399 had a short life with the squadron. Deployed on exercise Snowdrop in January of 1957, it was then that the aircraft received its distinctive red tail and wingtip markings, applied for operating over the Arctic Circle.
The Valiants were based at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, where, in November 1961, the aircraft suffered technical problems during take-off. The take-off was aborted and the aircraft overshot the end of the runway, went down a steep slope and crossed a road only coming to a halt when it hit a railway embankment. The aircraft was totally destroyed by fire, the crew only surviving because the forward fuselage was separated from the rest of the wreckage.
WZ399 was a PR variant of the Valiant, fitted with a number of powerful cameras in its bomb bay giving it a useful photo reconnaissance capability. However, the advent of powerful surface to air missiles made this role more and more hazardous, eventually causing the Valiant to be phased out in favour of the higher flying Canberra.
- Scale: 1:144
- Wingspan: 244mm
- Optional Undercarriage Down
- Fuel Tanks
A detailed die-cast scale model for the adult collector. Not suitable for children under 14 years.
Pre-painted Assembly Kit
Model Dim.: 16,7 x 6,7 cm
Box Dim.: 170 x 155 x 63 mm
Model Dim.: 14,7 x 9,9 cm
Box Dim.: 170 x 155 x 63 mm
Model Dim.: 15,5 x 9,7 cm
Box Dim.: 190 x 72 x 205 mm
The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as Americas first swept wing fighter which could counter the similarly winged Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights over the skies of the Korean War. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in the Korean War, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras. Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable, and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces until the last active operational examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994.
Adolf Dolfo Joseph Ferdinand Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996) was a German Luftwaffe General and flying ace who served throughout World War II in Europe. He flew 705 combat missions, and fought on the Western front and in Defence of the Reich. On four occasions he survived being shot down, and he was credited with 104 aerial victories, all of them against the Western Allies.
1:18 scale pre-painted and pre-assembled plastic fighter jet by JSI/Merit 60026.
Me 262 A-2a model jet aircraft, 9K+BN, 5./KG (J) 51 Edelweiss.
NO PILOT INCLUDED
Length 28 inches
Wingspan 23 inches
* 1:18 scale plastic construction.
* Removable Drop Tanks and Bombs.
* Positionable landing gear.
* Positional Machine Cannon Gun Bay Doors.
* Paint scheme with light weathering.
* Detailed Cockpit and Moveable Canopy.
The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe was the worlds first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems prevented the aircraft from attaining operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. Compared with Allied fighters of its day, including the British jet-powered Gloster Meteor, it was much faster and better armed. One of the most advanced aviation designs in operational use during World War II, the Me 262 was used in a variety of roles, including light bomber, reconnaissance and even experimental night fighter versions.
Me 262 pilots claimed a total of 542 Allied kills. The Allies countered its potential effectiveness in the air by attacking the aircraft on the ground and while taking off or landing. Engine reliability problems and attacks by Allied forces on fuel supplies during the deteriorating late-war situation also reduced the effectiveness of the aircraft as a fighting force. In the end, the Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war as a result of its late introduction and the consequently small numbers that were deployed in operational service. The Me 262 influenced the designs of post-war aircraft such as the North American F-86 Sabre and Boeing B-47 Stratojet.