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The Red Menace (1950 - 1959)

The Red Menace (1950 - 1959)


The Cold War was the continuing state of conflict, tension and competition that existed after World War II between the Soviet Union and its satellites and the powers of the Western world under the leadership of the United States from the mid-1940s to the early 1990s. Throughout this period, the conflict was expressed through military coalitions, espionage, weapons development, invasions, propaganda, and competitive technological development, which included the space race. The conflict included costly defense spending, a massive conventional and nuclear arms race, and numerous proxy wars; the two superpowers never fought one another directly.
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Italian North American P-51K Mustang Fighter - 155 Gruppo, 51 Stormo Italian North American P-51K Mustang Fighter - 155 Gruppo, 51 Stormo (1:100 Scale)

No other aircraft of WWII could fly as high, go as far, or fight as hard as the famed Mustang. Piloted by a record 281 Aces, this agile and ferocious dogfighter tallied more kills than any other Allied airplane. As the bombers of the Eighth Air Force fought their way deep into Hitler's Germany, it was the Mustang that cleared the skies of Luftwaffe fighters.

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USAF North American F-86 Sabre Jet Fighter - 116th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 81st Fighter Interceptor Wing, RAF Shepherds Grove, England, 1951 USAF North American F-86 Sabre Jet Fighter - 116th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 81st Fighter Interceptor Wing, RAF Shepherds Grove, England, 1951 (1:72 Scale)

The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final kill ratio of 10-to-1. Interestingly, all 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres.

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RAF Gloster Meteor F.2 Jet Fighter - De Havilland Halford Goblin Jet Engine Test Aircraft RAF Gloster Meteor F.2 Jet Fighter - De Havilland Halford Goblin Jet Engine Test Aircraft (1:72 Scale)

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, it first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

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USN Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Fighter - VF-72, USS Leyte (CV-32), Philippines, 1954 USN Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Fighter - VF-72, USS Leyte (CV-32), Philippines, 1954 (1:72 Scale)

The Grumman F8F Bearcat (affectionately called "Bear") was an American single-engine naval fighter aircraft of the 1940s. It went on to serve into the mid-20th Century in the United States Navy and other air forces, and would be the company's final piston engined fighter aircraft.

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USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 56-3000 Triple Zilch, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Wethersfield Essex, England, Late 1957 USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre Fighter - 56-3000 "Triple Zilch", 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Wethersfield Essex, England, Late 1957 (1:72 Scale)

The North American F-100 Super Sabre was a jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979.

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Royal Canadian Navy Grumman TBM-3E Avenger Torpedo Plane - s/n 53322, 826 Squadron, RCNAS, Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Canada,1950 Royal Canadian Navy Grumman TBM-3E Avenger Torpedo Plane - s/n 53322, 826 Squadron, RCNAS, Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1950 (1:72 Scale)

The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) was an American torpedo bomber, developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps and used by a large number of air forces around the world. It entered service in 1942, and began major use during the Battle of Midway.

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USAF Republic F-84E Thunderjet Fighter-Bomber - Robert Lee Scott Jr., 36th Fighter Bomber Wing, Germany, 1952 USAF Republic F-84E Thunderjet Fighter-Bomber - Robert Lee Scott Jr., 36th Fighter Bomber Wing, Germany, 1952 (1:72 Scale)

The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was an American-built turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 United States Air Force proposal for a "day fighter," the F-84 flew in 1946. Although it entered service in 1947, the Thunderjet was plagued by so many structural and engine problems that a 1948 Air Force review declared it unable to execute any aspect of its intended mission and considered cancelling the program.

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RAF Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 Training Aircraft - WM969, Imperial War Museum Duxford, England RAF Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 Training Aircraft - WM969, Imperial War Museum Duxford, England (1:72 Scale)

The Hawker Sea Hawk was a British single-seat jet fighter of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the air branch of the Royal Navy (RN), built by Hawker Aircraft and its sister company, Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft.

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RAF Gloster Meteor F.8 Jet Fighter - No. 74 Squadron, RAF St. Faith, Norfolk, 1954 RAF Gloster Meteor F.8 Jet Fighter - No. 74 Squadron, RAF St. Faith, Norfolk, 1954 (1:72 Scale)

The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, it first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

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RAF Hawker Hunter F6 Fighter - Sailor Malan, 74 Squadron, RAF Horsham St. Faith, England, Late 1950s RAF Hawker Hunter F6 Fighter - 'Sailor Malan', 74 Squadron, RAF Horsham St. Faith, England, Late 1950s (1:72 Scale)

The Hawker Hunter was a UK jet fighter aircraft of the 1950s and 1960s. The Hunter served for many years with the Royal Air Force and was widely exported, serving with 19 air forces. A total of 1,972 Hunters were produced by Hawker Siddeley and under licence.

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RAF Vickers Valiant B Mk1 Strategic Bomber - XD818, Operation Grapple, Christmas Island, 1957 RAF Vickers Valiant B Mk1 Strategic Bomber - XD818, Operation Grapple, Christmas Island, 1957 (1:144 Scale)

The Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant was a British four-jet bomber, once part of the Royal Air Force's V bomber force. The Valiant was originally developed for use as high-level strategic bomber. When the other V-bombers came into use it was also used as a tanker

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USAF Republic F-84G Thunderjet Fighter-Bomber - 51-1111 "Five Aces", 69th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 58th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Taegu, Korea, 1952 USAF Republic F-84G Thunderjet Fighter-Bomber - 51-1111 "Five Aces", 69th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 58th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Taegu, Korea, 1952 (1:72 Scale)

The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was an American-built turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 United States Air Force proposal for a "day fighter," the F-84 flew in 1946. Although it entered service in 1947, the Thunderjet was plagued by so many structural and engine problems that a 1948 Air Force review declared it unable to execute any aspect of its intended mission and considered cancelling the program.

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USAF Grumman F-11F-1 Tiger Fighter - VF-33 "Astronauts", 1959 USAF Grumman F-11F-1 Tiger Fighter - VF-33 "Astronauts", 1959 (1:72 Scale)

The Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger was the first supersonic, single-seat carrier-based United States Navy fighter aircraft in operation during the 1950s and 1960s. Originally designated the F11F Tiger in April 1955 under the pre-1962 Navy designation system, it was redesignated as F-11 Tiger under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system.

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USAF Grumman F-11F-1 Tiger Fighter - VA-156 "Iron Tigers", 1958 USAF Grumman F-11F-1 Tiger Fighter - VA-156 "Iron Tigers", 1958 (1:72 Scale)

The Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger was the first supersonic, single-seat carrier-based United States Navy fighter aircraft in operation during the 1950s and 1960s. Originally designated the F11F Tiger in April 1955 under the pre-1962 Navy designation system, it was redesignated as F-11 Tiger under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system.

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US Navy Grumman F9F-2P Panther Fighter - ATU 206, NAS Pensacola, 1956 US Navy Grumman F9F-2P Panther Fighter - ATU 206, NAS Pensacola, 1956 (1:48 Scale)

The Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and the U.S. Navy's second. The Panther was the most widely used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War. It flew 78,000 sorties and was responsible for the first air kill by the US Navy in the war—the downing of a North Korean Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter.

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Bulgarian Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG 17F Fresco C Fighter - Red 69 Bulgarian Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG 17F "Fresco C" Fighter - 'Red 69' (1:48 Scale)

The prototype of the MiG-17 was a conversion of an older MiG-15 airframe. This prototype had a thinner wing that incorporated a mid-span bend in the leading edge. The prototype also had a longer fuselage and a larger vertical fin than the older MiG-15. In August 1951, with its test program completed, the aircraft was ordered into mass production and designated the MiG-17 (called the "Fresco" by NATO).

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US Air Force Douglas RB-26C Invader Light Attack Bomber - 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, 1955 US Air Force Douglas RB-26C Invader Light Attack Bomber - 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, 1955 (1:72 Scale)

The Douglas A-26 Invader (B-26 between 1948-1965) was a United States twin-engined light attack bomber built by the Douglas Aircraft Co. during World War II that also saw service during several of the Cold War's major conflicts.

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USAF North American F-86 Sabre Jet - 391st Fighter Bomber Squadron, 366th Fighter Bomber Wing, Nellis AFB, NV, 1956 Gunnery Meet USAF North American F-86 Sabre Jet - 391st Fighter Bomber Squadron, 366th Fighter Bomber Wing, Nellis AFB, NV, 1956 Gunnery Meet (1:48 Scale)

The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final kill ratio of 10-to-1. Interestingly, all 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres.

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USAF North American F-86 Sabre Jet - Bee Gees Bird, 310th Fighter Bomber Squadron, South Korea, 1958 USAF North American F-86 Sabre Jet - "Bee Gee's Bird", 310th Fighter Bomber Squadron, South Korea, 1958 (1:48 Scale)

The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final kill ratio of 10-to-1. Interestingly, all 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres.

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USAF North American F-86F Sabre Jet - 461st Fighter-Day Squadron, 36th Fighter-Day Group, Bittburg, Germany, 1956 USAF North American F-86F Sabre Jet - 461st Fighter-Day Squadron, 36th Fighter-Day Group, Bittburg, Germany, 1956 (1:48 Scale)

The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final kill ratio of 10-to-1. Interestingly, all 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres.

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RCAF North American P-51B Mustang Fighter - No.424 Squadron, Mount Hope, Ontario, 1950s RCAF North American P-51B Mustang Fighter - No.424 Squadron, Mount Hope, Ontario, 1950s (1:48 Scale)

No other aircraft of WWII could fly as high, go as far, or fight as hard as the famed Mustang. Piloted by a record 281 Aces, this agile and ferocious dogfighter tallied more kills than any other Allied airplane. As the bombers of the Eighth Air Force fought their way deep into Hitler's Germany, it was the Mustang that cleared the skies of Luftwaffe fighters.

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RCAF Avro CF-105 Arrow Interceptor - 25203, Prototype Aircraft, 1958 RCAF Avro CF-105 Arrow Interceptor - "25203," Prototype Aircraft, 1958 (1:72 Scale)

The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) in Malton, Ontario, Canada, as the culmination of a design study that began in 1953.

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RCAF Avro CF-105 Arrow Interceptor - RL 201, First Production Aircraft, 1959 RCAF Avro CF-105 Arrow Interceptor - "RL 201," First Production Aircraft, 1959 (1:72 Scale)

The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) in Malton, Ontario, Canada, as the culmination of a design study that began in 1953.

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