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The Balloon Goes Up (1980 - 1989)

The Balloon Goes Up (1980 - 1989)


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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RAF Hawker Hunter T7 Training Aircraft - No. 237 OCU, RAF Honnington, England, July 1987 RAF Hawker Hunter T7 Training Aircraft - No. 237 OCU, RAF Honnington, England, July 1987 (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 SEPECAT GR.1 Jaguar Attack Aircraft - XZ108, No.2 Squadron, RAF Laarbruch, Germany, 1987 RAF SEPECAT GR.1 Jaguar Attack Aircraft - XZ108, No.2 Squadron, RAF Laarbruch, Germany, 1987 (1:72 Scale)

The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet ground attack aircraft still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. It was among the first major Anglo-French military aircraft programs.

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Royal Australian Navy McDonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VF-805, HMAS Melbourne, 1982 Royal Australian Navy McDonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VF-805, HMAS Melbourne, 1982 (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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USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4M Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-311 Tomcats, 1981 [Low-Vis Scheme] USMC McDonnell Douglas A-4M Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VMA-311 "Tomcats", 1981 [Low-Vis Scheme] (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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USN McDonnell Douglas A-4C Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VA-144 Roadrunners, USS Kity Hawk [CV-63], 1960s USN McDonnell Douglas A-4C Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VA-144 "Roadrunners," USS Kitty Hawk [CV-63], 1960s (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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USN McDonnell Douglas A-4C Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VA-94 "Mighty Shrikes," USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 1960s USN McDonnell Douglas A-4C Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VA-94 "Mighty Shrikes," USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 1960s (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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USN McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VA-55 "Torpcats", USS Hancock (CV-19), Vietnam, 1972 USN McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk Attack Aircraft - VA-55 "Torpcats", USS Hancock (CV-19), Vietnam, 1972 (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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Greek Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter Interceptor - 336 Squadron, Olympus Greek Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter Interceptor - 336 Squadron, "Olympus" (1:72 Scale)

Introduced to the world as "the missile with a man in it," the striking Lockheed F-104 Starfighter promised to be the ultimate interceptor. Small, light in weight and with stunning straight-line performance, the F-104 was never agile enough to become what its designers wanted.

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RCAF Lockheed CF-104G Starfighter Interceptor - No.417 Squadron, CFB Cold Lake, Canada, 1983 RCAF Lockheed CF-104G Starfighter Interceptor - No.417 Squadron, CFB Cold Lake, Canada, 1983 (1:72 Scale)

Introduced to the world as "the missile with a man in it," the striking Lockheed F-104 Starfighter promised to be the ultimate interceptor. Small, light in weight and with stunning straight-line performance, the F-104 was never agile enough to become what its designers wanted.

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USMC Boeing AV-8B+ Harrier II Jump Jet - Commanders Aircraft, VMA-214 Black Sheep, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona [Low-Vis Scheme] USMC Boeing AV-8B+ Harrier II Jump Jet - Commander's Aircraft, VMA-214 "Black Sheep", Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The AV-8B Harrier II is a second generation vertical short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft based on the original British Harrier design of the late 1960's. Combining tactical mobility, responsiveness, reduced operating cost, and basing flexibility -- both afloat and ashore -- V/STOL aircraft are well-suited to the special combat and expeditionary requirements of the US Marine Corps.

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USAF McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II Reconnaissance Aircraft - "Starize", 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Alconbury, 1986 USAF McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II Reconnaissance Aircraft - "Starize", 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Alconbury, 1986 (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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USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 30 Years of Phabulous Phantoms Wing Commanders Aircraft, 110th TFS/131st TFW, Missouri ANG,, c. 1989 USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - "30 Years of Phabulous Phantoms" Wing Commander's Aircraft, 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 131st Tactical Fighter Wing, Missouri ANG, c. 1989 (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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US Navy McDonnell F-4S Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - VF-301 "Devil's Disciples," USS Ranger (CV-61), 1984 US Navy McDonnell F-4S Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - VF-301 "Devil's Disciples," USS Ranger (CV-61), 1984 (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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USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Wolfhounds", Soesterberg AB, The Netherlands, 1989 USAF McDonnell F-4E Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Wolfhounds", Soesterberg AB, The Netherlands, 1989 (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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USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - "64-0776", 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group, Oregon Air National Guard, June 1989 USAF McDonnell F-4C Phantom II Fighter-Bomber - "64-0776", 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group, Oregon Air National Guard, June 1989 (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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German McDonnell RF-4E Phantom II Reconnaissance Aircraft - "Norm 83A", 35+67, Aufklarungsgeschwader 52, Leck, Germany, 1992 German McDonnell RF-4E Phantom II Reconnaissance Aircraft - "Norm 83A", 35+67, Aufklarungsgeschwader 52, Leck, Germany, 1992 (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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ROCAF Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5F Multi-Role Fighter - 41st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 21st Tactical Fighter Wing, Hsinchu Air Base, Taiwan [Low-Vis Scheme] ROCAF Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5F Multi-Role Fighter - 41st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 21st Tactical Fighter Wing, Hsinchu Air Base, Taiwan [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The Mirage 2000 was developed by Dassault-Breuget for the Armee de l'Air as an alternative to the swing-wing Avion de Combat Futur. After the latter was cancelled in 1975 due to its growing cost and complexity, Dassault offered the Mirage 2000 as an alternative.

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French Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5F Multi-Role Fighter - 2-EB, E.C. 1/003, SPA 3/103 Cigognes, Dijon, France, 2010 French Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5F Multi-Role Fighter - 2-EB, E.C. 1/003, SPA 3/103 Cigognes, Dijon, France, 2010 (1:72 Scale)

The Mirage 2000 was developed by Dassault-Breuget for the Armee de l'Air as an alternative to the swing-wing Avion de Combat Futur. After the latter was cancelled in 1975 due to its growing cost and complexity, Dassault offered the Mirage 2000 as an alternative.

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French Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5F Multi-Role Fighter - Waddington RAF Station, United Kingdom, 2002 French Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5F Multi-Role Fighter - Waddington RAF Station, United Kingdom, 2002 (1:72 Scale)

The Mirage 2000 was developed by Dassault-Breuget for the Armee de l'Air as an alternative to the swing-wing Avion de Combat Futur. After the latter was cancelled in 1975 due to its growing cost and complexity, Dassault offered the Mirage 2000 as an alternative.

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ROCAF Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5 Multi-Role Fighter - 2020/E120, 2018 "20 Years of Operation" [Heritage Scheme] ROCAF Dassault-Breuget Mirage 2000-5 Multi-Role Fighter - 2020/E120, 2018 "20 Years of Operation" [Heritage Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The Mirage 2000 was developed by Dassault-Breuget for the Armee de l'Air as an alternative to the swing-wing Avion de Combat Futur. After the latter was cancelled in 1975 due to its growing cost and complexity, Dassault offered the Mirage 2000 as an alternative.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 511th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Bentwaters AFB, England USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 511th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Bentwaters AFB, England (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - Black Lightning, 118th Fighter Squadron "Flying Yankees", 103rd Fighter Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - "Black Lightning", 118th Fighter Squadron "Flying Yankees", 103rd Fighter Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem, Germany USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem, Germany (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Commander, RAF Bentwaters, 1986 USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Commander, RAF Bentwaters, 1986 (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing Spirit of Fairbanks, August 1986 USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing "Spirit of Fairbanks", August 1986 (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 926th Fighter Wing "Ragin Cajuns," New Orleans ANG, Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 926th Fighter Wing "Ragin Cajuns," New Orleans ANG, Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - EL/82-665 "Last A-10 Produced", 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Flying Tigers", 23rd Fighter Wing, England AFB, Florida, 1989 USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - EL/82-665 "Last A-10 Produced", 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Flying Tigers", 23rd Fighter Wing, England AFB, Florida, 1989 (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Termites", Barksdale AFB, Louisiana USAF Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Termites", Barksdale AFB, Louisiana (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, 2011 [Low-Vis Scheme] USAF Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, 2011 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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USAF Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 127th Fighter Wing, Michigan Air National Guard "Red Devils," 2012 [Low-Vis Scheme] USAF Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 127th Fighter Wing, Michigan Air National Guard "Red Devils," 2012 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles.

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