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Safeguarding Liberty (1970 - 1979)

Safeguarding Liberty (1970 - 1979)


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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US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-154 Black Knights US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-154 "Black Knights" (1:72 Scale)

Built for speed and armed with ultra long-range weapons. It's no wonder that the F-14 Tomcat is the main defender of the US fleet. The Tomcat's AWG-9 radar has the ability to engage as many as six targets at once, which is the same number of targets that can be engaged by three F-18 Hornets. Additionally, it's Phoenix air-to-air missiles can kill hostile bombers 90 miles away -- before they can launch their attacks.

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RAF Wessex HC.2 Helicopter - No.72 Squadron, Odiham, Hamphire, 1970 RAF Westland Wessex HC.2 Helicopter - No.72 Squadron, Odiham, Hamphire, 1970 (1:72 Scale)

The Westland Wessex is a turbine-powered version of the Sikorsky S-58 "Choctaw", developed under license by Westland Aircraft, initially for the Royal Navy, but later for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Wessex was built at Westland's factory at Yeovil in Somerset.

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Royal Navy Westland Wessex HU5 Helicopter - XT474, 771 NAS, RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, 1979 Royal Navy Westland Wessex HU.5 Helicopter - XT474, 771 NAS, RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, 1979 (1:72 Scale)

The Westland Wessex is a turbine-powered version of the Sikorsky S-58 "Choctaw", developed under license by Westland Aircraft, initially for the Royal Navy, but later for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Wessex was built at Westland's factory at Yeovil in Somerset.

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US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter -  AJ201, VF-84 Jolly Rogers, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), 1989 US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - AJ201, VF-84 'Jolly Rogers', USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), 1989 (1:72 Scale)

Built for speed and armed with ultra long-range weapons. It's no wonder that the F-14 Tomcat is the main defender of the US fleet. The Tomcat's AWG-9 radar has the ability to engage as many as six targets at once, which is the same number of targets that can be engaged by three F-18 Hornets. Additionally, it's Phoenix air-to-air missiles can kill hostile bombers 90 miles away -- before they can launch their attacks.

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RAF Vickers Valiant Strategic Bomber - "XD829", 207 Squadron, Marham, England RAF Vickers Valiant Strategic Bomber - "XD829", 207 Squadron, Marham, England (1:144 Scale)

The Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant was a British four-jet bomber, once part of the Royal Air Force's V bomber nuclear force in the 1950s and 1960s. The Valiant was originally developed for use as high-level strategic bomber, but its role, like other V bombers, was changed to low-level attacks.

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RAF Avro Vulcan Strategic Bomber - XL427, No. 617 Squadron, Scampton, Lincs, 1969 RAF Avro Vulcan Strategic Bomber - XL427, No. 617 Squadron, Scampton, Lincs, 1969 (1:144 Scale)

The Avro Vulcan, sometimes referred to as the Hawker Siddeley Vulcan, is a delta wing subsonic jet strategic bomber that was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1953 until 1984.

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RAF Avro Vulcan Strategic Bomber - XM598, No. 50 Squadron, Wideawake Air Base, Ascension Island, 1982 [Falklands 30th Anniversary] RAF Avro Vulcan Strategic Bomber - XM598, No. 50 Squadron, Wideawake Air Base, Ascension Island, 1982 [Falklands 30th Anniversary] (1:144 Scale)

The Avro Vulcan, sometimes referred to as the Hawker Siddeley Vulcan, is a delta wing subsonic jet strategic bomber that was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1953 until 1984.

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US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-111 Sundowners, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), 1989 US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-111 "Sundowners", USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), 1989 (1:72 Scale)

Built for speed and armed with ultra long-range weapons. It's no wonder that the F-14 Tomcat is the main defender of the US fleet. The Tomcat's AWG-9 radar has the ability to engage as many as six targets at once, which is the same number of targets that can be engaged by three F-18 Hornets. Additionally, it's Phoenix air-to-air missiles can kill hostile bombers 90 miles away -- before they can launch their attacks.

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US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-32 "Fighting Swordsmen", USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), 1989 [Low-Vis Scheme] US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - VF-32 "Fighting Swordsmen", USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), 1989 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

Built for speed and armed with ultra long-range weapons. It's no wonder that the F-14 Tomcat is the main defender of the US fleet. The Tomcat's AWG-9 radar has the ability to engage as many as six targets at once, which is the same number of targets that can be engaged by three F-18 Hornets. Additionally, it's Phoenix air-to-air missiles can kill hostile bombers 90 miles away -- before they can launch their attacks.

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USN/ USMC McDonnell-Douglas A-4M Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - Last Skyhawk, 1979 USN/ USMC McDonnell-Douglas A-4M Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - "Last Skyhawk", 1979 (1:72 Scale)

The A-4 Skyhawk is an attack aircraft originally designed to operate from United States Navy aircraft carriers. Fifty years after the type's first flight, some of the nearly 3,000 Skyhawks produced remain in service with smaller air arms around the world.

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RAF Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk 2B Strike Aircraft - No. 208 Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV, Red Flag, 1977 RAF Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk 2B Strike Aircraft - No. 208 Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV, Red Flag, 1977 (1:72 Scale)

The Blackburn Buccaneer was a British low-level strike aircraft with nuclear weapon capability serving with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force between 1962 and 1994, including service in the 1991 Gulf War. Designed and initially produced by Blackburn Aircraft it was later known as the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer when Blackburn became a part of the Hawker Siddeley group.

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RAF Blackburn Buccaneer Strike Aircraft - XW533/A "Miss Jolly Roger", No.237 OCU, Operation Granby, 1991 RAF Blackburn Buccaneer Strike Aircraft - XW533/A 'Miss Jolly Roger', No.237 OCU, Operation Granby, 1991 (1:72 Scale)

The Blackburn Buccaneer was a British low-level strike aircraft with nuclear weapon capability serving with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force between 1962 and 1994, including service in the 1991 Gulf War. Designed and initially produced by Blackburn Aircraft it was later known as the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer when Blackburn became a part of the Hawker Siddeley group.

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Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7D Night Fighter - 10th Air Corps, 15th Air Division, 43rd Regiment Beijing Military Region Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7D Night Fighter - 10th Air Corps, 15th Air Division, 43rd Regiment Beijing Military Region (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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RAF English Electric Canberra B(I)8 Light Bomber - No.16 Squadron, Laarbruch, Germany, 1972 RAF English Electric Canberra B(I)8 Light Bomber - No.16 Squadron, Laarbruch, Germany, 1972 (1:72 Scale)

The English Electric Canberra was a first-generation jet-powered light bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s. It proved to be highly adaptable, serving in such varied roles as tactical bomber, reconnaissance and even weather study.

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Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7C Fighter - 18th Division, Huairen AB, Beijing Military Region Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7C Fighter - 18th Division, Huairen AB, Beijing Military Region (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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East German Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF "Fishbed" Fighter - "Red 687," Jagdfliegergeschwader 3, Preschen Airbase, East Germany, 1990 East German Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF "Fishbed" Fighter - "Red 687," Jagdfliegergeschwader 3, Preschen Airbase, East Germany, 1990 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MT "Fishbed-J" Fighter - "Blue 15," Dolgoye Ledovo, Russia, 1970s Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MT "Fishbed-J" Fighter - "Blue 15," Dolgoye Ledovo, Russia, 1970s (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 22", Krasnodar Higher Aviation Training Facility, Soviet Union, 1980 Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 22", Krasnodar Higher Aviation Training Facility, Soviet Union, 1980 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 60", 296 IAP, Soviet Union, 1980 Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 60", 296 IAP, Soviet Union, 1980 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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East German Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF "Fishbed" Fighter - Jagdfliegergeschwader 1, East Germany East German Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF "Fishbed" Fighter - Jagdfliegergeschwader 1, East Germany (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PFM "Fishbed-F" Interceptor - "Red 50" Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PFM "Fishbed-F" Interceptor - "Red 50" (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or maneuverable as the MiG-17.

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Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7III Fighter - 29th Air Division, Quzhou AB, 1998 Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7III Fighter - 29th Air Division, Quzhou AB, 1998 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7IIIA Fighter - Huairen AB, China, 1997 Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force Chengdu J-7IIIA Fighter - Huairen AB, China, 1997 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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French Dassault Mirage 2000B Multirole Aircraft French Dassault Mirage 2000B Multirole Aircraft (1:72 Scale)

The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter to replace the Mirage III for the French Air Force (Armee de l'Air).

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French Dassault Mirage 2000D Multirole Aircraft - 650 Armee de l'Air - Escadron de Chasse 1/3 Navarre, Nancy, France French Dassault Mirage 2000D Multirole Aircraft - Escadron de Chasse 1/3 Navarre, Nancy, France (1:72 Scale)

The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter to replace the Mirage III for the French Air Force (Armee de l'Air).

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French Dassault Mirage 2000D Multirole Aircraft - 650 Armee de l'Air, Mont-de-Marsan Air Base, France French Dassault Mirage 2000D Multirole Aircraft - 650 Armee de l'Air, Mont-de-Marsan Air Base, France (1:72 Scale)

The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter to replace the Mirage III for the French Air Force (Armee de l'Air).

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German McDonnell F-4F Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - Jagdgeschwader 74 Molders, Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany German McDonnell F-4F Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - Jagdgeschwader 74 "Molders", Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany (1:72 Scale)

Known as the "MiG Killer," the F-4 Phantom was an unlikely hero given its unique design. Unlike traditionally smaller and sleeker single-seat fighters, the Phantom broke all the rules. It was huge, had bent wings, and a two-man crew, and was one of the first aircraft to carry missile armament.

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Japanese Air Self-Defense Force McDonnell F-4J Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 302 Squadron, 2nd Wing, Chitose AB, Japan Japanese Air Self-Defense Force McDonnell F-4J Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 302 Squadron, 2nd Wing, Chitose AB, Japan (1:72 Scale)

Known as the "MiG Killer," the F-4 Phantom was an unlikely hero given its unique design. Unlike traditionally smaller and sleeker single-seat fighters, the Phantom broke all the rules. It was huge, had bent wings, and a two-man crew, and was one of the first aircraft to carry missile armament.

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RAAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - No.6 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, Australia, 1970 RAAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - No.6 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, Australia, 1970 (1:72 Scale)

Known as the "MiG Killer," the F-4 Phantom was an unlikely hero given its unique design. Unlike traditionally smaller and sleeker single-seat fighters, the Phantom broke all the rules. It was huge, had bent wings, and a two-man crew, and was one of the first aircraft to carry missile armament.

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Spanish Air Force McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - C.12- 40, Torrejon, Spain, 1970s Spanish Air Force McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - "C.12- 40", Torrejon, Spain, 1970s (1:72 Scale)

Known as the "MiG Killer," the F-4 Phantom was an unlikely hero given its unique design. Unlike traditionally smaller and sleeker single-seat fighters, the Phantom broke all the rules. It was huge, had bent wings, and a two-man crew, and was one of the first aircraft to carry missile armament.

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