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USAF Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor Aircraft - "60-6934", 1964

TSM Model Wings USAF Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor Aircraft - "60-6934", 1964




 
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TSM Model Wings TSMW720002 USAF Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor Aircraft - "60-6934", 1964 (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 YF-12 was an American prototype interceptor aircraft, which the United States Air Force evaluated as a development of the highly-secret Lockheed A-12 that also spawned the now famous SR-71 Blackbird.

In the late 1950s the United States Air Force (USAF) sought a replacement for the F-106 Delta Dart. As part of the Long Range Interceptor Experimental (LRI,X) program, North American Aviation's F-108 proposal, a Mach 3-capable interceptor was selected. However, the F-108 was canceled in September 1959. During this time Lockheed's Skunk Works was developing the A-12 spy plane for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under the Oxcart program. Skunk Works' Kelly Johnson proposed a version of the A-12 called AF-12 by the company and the USAF ordered three AF-12s in mid-1960.

The AF-12s would take the seventh through ninth slots on the A-12 production line and have them completed in the YF-12A interceptor configuration. The main changes involved modifying the aircraft's nose to accommodate the Hughes AN/ASG-18 fire-control radar originally developed for the XF-108, and the addition of a second cockpit for a crew member to operate the fire control radar. The nose modifications changed the aircraft's aerodynamics enough to require ventral fins to be mounted under the fuselage and engine nacelles to maintain stability. Finally, four bays previously used to house the A-12's reconnaissance equipment were converted to carry Hughes AIM-47 Falcon (GAR-9) missiles. One bay was used for fire control equipment.

The first YF-12A flew on August 7th, 1963. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the existence of the plane on February 24th, 1964. The YF-12A was announced in part to continue hiding the A-12, its still-secret ancestor; any sightings of CIA/Air Force A-12s based at Area 51 in Nevada could be attributed to the well-publicized Air Force YF-12As based at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

On May 14th, 1965, the Air Force placed a production order for 93 F-12Bs for its Aerospace Defense Command (ADC). However, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara would not release the funding for three consecutive years due to Vietnam War costs. Updated intelligence placed a lower priority on defense of the continental US, so the F-12B was deemed as being no longer needed. Then in January 1968, the F-12B program was officially ended.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USAF Lockheed YF-12C interceptor aircraft. Pre-order! Ship Date: 2019.

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 9-1/4-inches
Length: 17-3/4-inches

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Historical Account: "Out of the Blocks" - During flight tests, the YF-12As set a speed record of 2,070.101 mph (3,331.505 km/h) and altitude record of 80,257.86 ft (24,462.6 m), both on May 1st, 1965, and demonstrated promising results with their unique weapon system. Six successful firings of the AIM-47 missiles were completed. The last one launched from the YF-12 at Mach 3.2 at an altitude of 74,000 ft (22,677 m) to a JQB-47E target drone 500 ft (152 m) off the ground. The program was abandoned following the cancellation of the production F-12B, but the YF-12s continued flying for many years with the USAF and with NASA as research aircraft.

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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