Oxford AC048 German Dornier Do 335 Pfeil Fighter - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (1:72 Scale)
"The day I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up."
- Reichmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil ("Arrow") was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. The two-seater trainer version was also called Ameisenbr ("anteater"). The Pfeil's performance was much better than other twin-engine designs due to its unique "push-pull" layout and the much lower drag of the in-line alignment of the two engines. The Luftwaffe was desperate to get the design into operational use, but delays in engine deliveries meant only a handful were delivered before the war ended.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Dornier Do 335 Pfeil Fighter that is on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a part of the US Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
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Wingspan: 7-1/4 inches
Length: 7 inches
Release Date: February 2015
Historical Account: "On Display" - The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM)'s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County, Virginia, United States.
The 760,000 square feet facility was made possible by a $65 million gift in October 1999 to the Smithsonian Institution by Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, an immigrant from Hungary and co-founder of the International Lease Finance Corporation, an aircraft leasing corporation. NASM has always had more artifacts than could be displayed at the main museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Most of the collection had been stored, unavailable to visitors, at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Silver Hill, Prince George's County, Maryland. A substantial addition to the center encompassing restoration, conservation and collection-storage facilities is underway; once complete, restoration facilities and museum archives will be moved from their current location at the Garber facility to the Udvar-Hazy Center.