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Lockheed A-12 Cygnus Reconnaissance Aircraft - "60-6924" Test Flight, 1962

TSM Model Wings Lockheed A-12 Cygnus Reconnaissance Aircraft - "60-6924" Test Flight, 1962




 
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TSM Model Wings TSMW720001 Lockheed A-12 Cygnus Reconnaissance Aircraft - "60-6924" Test Flight, 1962 (1:72 Scale) "You know the part in 'High Flight' where it talks about putting out your hand to touch the face of God? Well, when we're at speed and altitude in the SR, we have to slow down and descend in order to do that."
- USAF Lt. Col. Gil Bertelson, SR-71 pilot, in 'SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends,' 2002

The Lockheed A-12 was a reconnaissance aircraft built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by Lockheed's Skunk Works, based on the designs of Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. The aircraft was designated A-12, the 12th in a series of internal design efforts for "Archangel", the aircraft's internal code name. It successfully competed in the CIA's "Oxcart" program against the Convair Kingfish proposal in 1959.

CIA's representatives initially favored Convair's design for its smaller radar cross-section, but the A-12's specifications were slightly better and its projected cost was much less. The companies' respective track records proved decisive. Convair's work on the B-58 had been plagued with delays and cost overruns, whereas Lockheed had produced the U-2 on time and under budget. In addition, Lockheed had experience running a "black" project.

The A-12 was produced from 1962 to 1964 and flew from 1963 to 1968. It was the precursor to the twin-seat U.S. Air Force YF-12 prototype interceptor, M-21 launcher for the D-21 drone, and the SR-71 Blackbird, a slightly longer variant able to carry a heavier fuel and camera load. The A-12 began flying missions in 1967 and its final mission was in May 1968; the program and aircraft were retired in June. The program was officially revealed in the mid-1990s.

A CIA officer later wrote, "OXCART was selected from a random list of code names to designate this R&D and all later work on the A-12. The aircraft itself came to be called that as well." The crews named the A-12 the Cygnus, suggested by pilot Jack Weeks to follow the Lockheed practice of naming aircraft after celestial bodies.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft that conducted a test flight in 1962. Pre-order! Ship Date: 2018.

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 9.25 inches
Length: 17.75 inches

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Historical Account: "Alpha-numerics" - Although originally designed to succeed the U-2 in overflights over the Soviet Union and Cuba, the A-12 was never used for either role. After a U-2 was shot down in May 1960, the Soviet Union was considered too dangerous to overfly except in an emergency (and overflights were no longer necessary, thanks to reconnaissance satellites) and, although crews trained for flights over Cuba, U-2s continued to be adequate there.

The Director of the CIA decided to deploy some A-12s to Asia. The first A-12 arrived at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa on May 22nd, 1967. With the arrival of two more aircraft on May 24th, and May 27th this unit was declared to be operational on May 30th, and it began Operation Black Shield on May 31st. Mel Vojvodich flew the first Black Shield operation, over North Vietnam, photographing surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites, flying at 80,000 ft (24,000 m), and at about Mach 3.1. During 1967 from the Kadena Air Base, the A-12s carried out 22 sorties in support of the War in Vietnam. Then in 1968, Black Shield conducted operations in Vietnam and it also carried out sorties during the Pueblo Crisis with North Korea.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear options
  • Fully articulated control surfaces
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Canopy opens to reveal a detailed cockpit
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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