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RAF English Electric F.6 Lightning Fighter - XS927/N, RAF No. 74 Squadron "The Tigers", RAF Tengah, Singapore, 1969

Corgi RAF English Electric F.6 Lightning Fighter - XS927/N, RAF No. 74 Squadron "The Tigers", RAF Tengah, Singapore, 1969




 
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Corgi AA28402 RAF English Electric F.6 Lightning Fighter - XS927/N, RAF No. 74 Squadron "The Tigers", RAF Tengah, Singapore, 1969 (1:48 Scale) "Lightning, was designed...as an intercepter fighter. As such, it has probably the fastest rate-of-climb of any combat aircraft."
- Flight International, March 21st, 1968

The English Electric Lightning is a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, remembered for its great speed and unpainted natural metal exterior finish. It is the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. Renowned for its capabilities as an interceptor, RAF pilots described it as "being saddled to a skyrocket". English Electric was later incorporated into the British Aircraft Corporation, later marks being developed and produced as the BAC Lightning.

The Lightning was used throughout much of its service life by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force. The aircraft was a regular performer at airshows and was the first aircraft capable of supercruise. The Lightning was also one of the highest performance planes ever used in formation aerobatics. The Lightning aircraft is now largely retired to museums, but three examples still fly at "Thunder City" in Cape Town, South Africa.

This particular 1:48 scale replica of a RAF English Electric F.6 Lightning jet fighter was attached to No. 74 Squadron "The Tigers", then deployed to AF Tengah, Singapore, during 1969. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 14-inches
Wingspan: 9-inches

Release Date: September 2018

Historical Account: "Tiger Squadron" - As one of the most famous squadrons of the Royal Air Force, No.74 "Tiger" Squadron can trace its history back to July 1st, 1917, and has been associated with such classic fighting aircraft as the SE5a, Hawker Hurricane and Gloster Meteor since that date. For many enthusiasts though, its most poignant association has been with the mighty English Electric Lightning, an aviation icon of the Cold War Period and one of the most significant achievements of the British aviation industry. As the Squadron selected to welcome the Lightning into frontline service in the summer of 1960, the "Tigers" went on to operate the F.3 variant, T.4 and T.5 trainers, along with the ultimate F.6 fighter version of the Lightning.

Indeed, No.74 Squadron was again to be the first unit equipped with the definitive F.6 version of the aircraft, which was capable of being fitted with over-wing tanks to extend the operating range of this potent fighter and resulted in the Squadron being assigned to the RAF Far East Air Force, based at Tengah in Singapore. In June 1967, the Lightnings of No.74 Squadron began leaving Leuchars for their ferry flight to the Far East, with their arrival at RAF Tengah several days later relying on the support of no fewer than seventeen Victor tankers, which provided the aircraft with an essential air to air refuelling platform during their flight. After enforcing the effective air defense of the region for just over four years, the Lightnings of No.74 Squadron were flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, where they were handed over to the care of No.56 Squadron, prior to 74 Squadron being disbanded and bringing their proud association with Britain's only indigenous supersonic fighter to an end.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Opening canopy
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with cockpit access ladder
  • Engine intake and exhaust covers
  • Comes with display stand

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