Hobby Master F-4B Phantom II USN VF-111 “Sundowners,” USS Coral Sea, 1972 Die Cast Model Airplane. Each Hobby Master model features engraved panel lines, a detailed cockpit with optional-position canopies and beautifully painted crew figures, removable fuselage- and wing-mounted missiles and fuel tanks, realistic air intakes and exhaust nozzles, optional position landing gear, authentic markings including shark-mouth nose art, “USS Coral Sea” (CVA-43) on the fuselage, and “sunburst” tail art, and more. This model replicates the F-4B flown by Lt. Garry Weigand and Lt. (jg) Bill Freckleton of the U.S. Navy’s VF-111 “Sundowners” when they shot down a MiG-17 near Quang Lang airfield in North Vietnam on March 6, 1972. Display stand included.
by Airman Charles Rivezzo
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
4/11/2011 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Airmen from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron began their first phase of demonstrations of a multiple ejector rack on a B-1B Lancer here March 22. If fielded, 16-carry modified rotary launchers will increase the number of 500-pound joint direct attack munitions and laser-guided JDAMs carried by the B-1B from 15 to 48, a 320 percent increase in capability. “Currently a B-1 can deliver twice the payload of a B-52 (Stratofortress), meaning, theoretically, with the MER upgrade, one B-1 will be able to deliver the same amount of payload as four B-52s,” said Col. Gerald Goodfellow, the 7th Operations Group commander.
Also, the MER has a mixed-load capability, meaning each bomb bay can hold an assortment of joint air-to-surface stand-off missiles, and both 2,000-pound and 500-pound JDAMs, giving the aircrew much greater flexibility during combat missions. “The war we are in requires target specific weaponry that is capable of destroying a single room of a building,” said Tech Sgt. David Koscienski, the 337th TES weapons suitability NCO in charge. “With the addition of the MER, B-1 operators have the ability to conduct numerous individual attacks and massive air-strikes as needed, without needing to stop to reload.” Aircrews from the 337th TES and 419th Flight Test Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., flew a Dyess AFB B-1B equipped with a MER and successfully released two inert 500-pound JDAMs over China Lake Missile Range, Calif, March 22. An additional mission was also successfully flown March 24 to test drop the weapons again.
“The B-1 is absolutely a choice war-fighting platform considering it can carry multiple weapons, each with specific capabilities, and deploy those weapons at a moment’s notice,” Sergeant Koscienski said. “The adaptation of the MER, along with the sniper pod and laser-guided JDAMS, will only increase that same lethal capability to an even greater level.” The purpose of the 16-carry demonstration program is to validate the release and safe separation of 500-pound class weapons from a modified B-1B rotary launcher.
“This upgrade will not only save the Air Force money, but will also put less of our Airmen at risk; and that is our main priority,” Colonel Goodfellow said.
-U.S Air Force
LONDON (Reuters) – A rare World War Two German bomber, shot down over the English Channel in 1940 and hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea, is so well preserved a British museum wants to raise it.
The Dornier 17 — thought to be world’s last known example — was hit as it took part in the Battle of Britain. It ditched in the sea just off the Kent coast, southeast England, in an area known as the Goodwin Sands. The plane came to rest upside-down in 50 feet of water and has become partially visible from time to time as the sands retreated before being buried again.
Now a high-tech sonar survey undertaken by the Port of London Authority (PLA) has revealed the aircraft to be in a startling state of preservation. Ian Thirsk, from the RAF Museum at Hendon in London, told the BBC he was “incredulous” when he first heard of its existence and potential preservation. “This aircraft is a unique aeroplane and it’s linked to an iconic event in British history, so its importance cannot be over-emphasized, nationally and internationally,” he said. “It’s one of the most significant aeronautical finds of the century.”
Known as “the flying pencil,” the Dornier 17 was designed as a passenger plane in 1934 and was later converted for military use as a fast bomber, difficult to hit and theoretically able to outpace enemy fighter aircraft. In all, some 1,700 were produced but they struggled in the war with a limited range and bomb load capability and many were scrapped afterwards. Striking high-resolution images appear to show that the Goodwin Sands plane suffered only minor damage, to its forward cockpit and observation windows, on impact. “The bomb bay doors were open, suggesting the crew jettisoned their cargo,” said PLA spokesman Martin Garside. Two of the crew members died on impact, while two others, including the pilot, were taken prisoner and survived the war. “The fact that it was almost entirely made of aluminum and produced in one piece may have contributed to its preservation,” Garside told Reuters.
The plane is still vulnerable to the area’s notorious shifting sands and has become the target of recreational divers hoping to salvage souvenirs.
The RAF museum has launched an appeal to raise funds for the lifting operation.
-By Stefano Ambrogi
Six hero pilots return home safe and sound from a bombing mission to Libya which saw them in the cockpit for an incredible 25 hours.Three B-2 Spirit bombers, piloted by two men each, made it back after the 11,418-mile round trip from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri – where they are kept in special hangars – to Libya, where they hit targets on forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi and back again.At $2.1bn, they are the most expensive warplanes in the world and rarely leave their climate-controlled hangars. But when it does, the B-2 bomber makes a spectacularly effective start to a war – including during this weekend’s aerial attack on Libya’s air defences.
Its mission is to penetrate heavily defended enemy territory and ‘kick down the door’ on the opening night of a conflict. One of its special features is its ability to carry eight GBU-37 ‘bunker buster’ bombs, weighing in at 2.27 tonnes that are capable of boring 20 to 30 ft of rock or reinforced concrete before detonating. After the first wave of more than 110 Tomahawk missiles launched from allied warships in the Mediterranean, they struck yesterday morning on a variety of strategic targets over Libya’, according to the US Air Force. They dropped a total of 45 one-tonne satellite guided missiles on Libyan aircraft shelters before making the 5,709 mile journey back to the Missouri. The B-2 stealth bombers were first used in the Kosovo and Serbian war and have been used more recently in Afghanistan.
The long-range, heavy bomber capable of penetrating sophisticated and dense air-defence, and with one refuelling, is able to fly to any point in the world within hours. The aircraft is famous for rather ominous-looking bat-like silhouette: The leading edges of the wings are angled at 33° and the trailing edge has a double-W shape. It is manufactured at two Northrop Grumman facilities in Pico Rivera and Palmdale in California. The aircraft also are deadly and effective: An assessment published by the USAF showed that two B-2s armed with precision weaponry can do the job of 75 conventional aircraft. That makes it a powerful weapon to strike targets including bunkers, command centres, radars, airfields, air defences.
The B-2 can carry 16 2,000 pound (900 kilogram), satellite-guided bombs, including an earth penetrating version.
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This Herpa 1:200 “Wings” B-2A Spirit USAF “Spirit Of Ohio-Fire & Ice“, 412th Test Wing Diecast Model Airplane offers detailed printing instead of cheap stickers. The detailed design of the models has been produced according to blueprints that are provided by the airplane manufacturer. The result is a beautiful diecast model that you will cherish for years to come. After the maiden flight in 1992, numerous test series under difficult climatic conditions were conducted with the “Spirit of Ohio“, which is why the crew gave it the name “Fire & Ice” and even created a special logo for it on the wheel well.
March 11, 2011 – The U.S. and South Korea have reached a handshake agreement for the sale of the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, according to program sources.
The sale, which could take place as soon as this year, will include four of the high-flying UAVs. Though the Global Hawk is designed to carry a variety of payloads, including imagery sensors, radars and signals intelligence collectors, South Korea has been approved for the Block 30I version, which includes an electro-optical/infrared system. Seoul eventually would like a signals intelligence capability; but the U.S. is reluctant to sell its Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload, so a payload has not yet been selected for that requirement, a program source says.
First delivery is expected by 2014. Notification of the sale to Congress is expected soon.
Several countries in Asia have been interested in buying the Global Hawk, including Japan, South Korea and Singapore. A version of the Global Hawk is being developed for the German Luftwaffe’s signals intelligence collection demands, and NATO has selected the Block 40 platform to carry its next-generation Air-Ground Surveillance sensor. However, the range and payload capacity of the aircraft — nearly 3,000 lb. — subject it to the restrictions of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
-By: Robert Wall, Amy Butler
-Photo: Northrop Grumman
The crew of space shuttle Discovery awoke at 6:54 a.m. EST to the song “Through Heaven’s Eyes” by Brian Stokes Mitchell from the Prince of Egypt soundtrack, played for Mike Barratt at the request of his family.
Discovery will spend two days heading toward its rendezvous with the International Space Station. Today, the crew will perform the standard scan of the shuttle’s thermal protection system using the orbiter boom sensor system attached to the end of Discovery’s robotic arm. While the inspection is underway, Bowen, Drew and Stott will work on preparing the spacesuits onboard the shuttle that will be transferred to the station after docking and will be used during the mission’s two spacewalks.
New Item! Hobby Master Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless USN VB-6, Battle of Midway, 1942 Diecast Model Airplane
Hobby Master Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless USN VB-6, Die Cast Model Airplane. This Limited Edition model is part of Hobby Master’s top-of-the-line Premium Collection. Limited Edition of 500 pieces.
Exceptional features include a fully outfitted cockpit with a sliding canopy and realistic crew figures, an engine cowling that removes to reveal a finely detailed radial engine, two wing-mounted 100-pound bombs and a movable bomb crutch with a 1,000-pound bomb, a movable rear .30 caliber machine gun, working dive brakes and retractable landing gear, a rotating metal propeller, an authentic VB-6 paint scheme.
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- True miniature replica of French WWI fighter ace Georges Guynemer’s plane.
- Realistic livery and details.
- Hand fitted spoke wire wheels with rubber tires.
- Detailed cockpit.
- Laminated rotating wood propeller.
- Materials are wood, cloth, and metal.
- Heavy gauge fishing line included for hanging.
- Some assembly is required. Instructions included.
Only 1000 of these models were made worldwide!
Century Wings 1:72 Diecast Airplanes Feature:
- Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
- Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
- Pad printed markings and placards that won’t fade or peel like decals.
- Opening canopies with detailed cockpit interiors.
- Selected moveable control surfaces.
- Optional extended/retracted landing gear.
- Presentation stand to display the aircraft “in flight”.
- Detailed removable pilot and crew figures.
- Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.