Douglas C-47A Skytrain (USAF 86th Air Base Group 1948) (1:72 scale) - During the Berlin Airlift, the United States Air Force 86th Tactical Fighter Wing at Neubiberg air base in West Germany operated a C- 47 Skytrain support aircraft. On 22nd October 1948, as a gift for the children of Berlin, the C-47 was used to fly 7,000lb (3175kg) of Candy, along with a baby Camel called 'Clarence' into Tempelhof airport in the US sector of Berlin. The camel was the mascot of the 525th Fighter Squadron based at Neubiberg and had been bought by a member of the squadron in Tripoli for $50 and shipped to Germany in the bomb bay of a B-26 Invader bomber. When Berlin was besieged the base personnel decided to present both it and the candy to the children as a gesture of goodwill for Christmas.
Eurofighter Typhoon F2 ZJ921 (RAF 3 Sqn Coningsby) (1:72 scale) - The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine canard-delta wing multirole aircraft. It is being designed and built by a consortium of three separate partner companies: Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems and EADS working through a holding company Eurofighter GmbH which was formed in 1986. The aircraft has entered service with the UK Royal Air Force, the German Luftwaffe, the Italian Air Force, the Spanish Air Force and the Austrian Air Force. It is also in production for Saudi Arabia. No.3 Squadron (Royal Flying Corps) was formed at Larkhill on 13th May 1912 from Company of the Air Battalion Royal Engineers. No.3 Sqn was actually the first squadron to receive heavier than air flying machines, hence the motto >Tertius primus erit> meaning >The third shall be the first>. No.3 Sqn became the first operational front line squadron equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon on 31st March 2006. 3(F) Sqn was declared operational in 2007.
Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (USAF 436 Airlift Sqn) (1:400 scale) - As well as the famous C-130 Hercules, Lockheed Martin also built the much larger C-5 Galaxy. As one of the largest military aircraft in the world, this American strategic transport aircraft is capable of intercontinental flight. Its design features high wings and a T-tail. The US Air Force (USAF) has operated the C-5A Galaxy since 1969, with the modernized C-5B appearing in 1986. A total of 131 aircraft were built, of which around 33 remain in active service. The Galaxy's cavernous interior is accessed via a large nose hatch or from a rear ramp, with the body able to contain 880m³ of cargo. However, to better transport large-sized cargo, two aircraft were especially modified by removing the rear passenger compartment floor and splitting the rear cargo door in the middle. These so-called C-5C versions are able to accommodate odd-sized loads such as satellites for NASA.
Heinkel 111 H-6 (Luftwaffe Torpedo Bomber) (1:72 scale) - KG26 was initially formed on 1st May 1939 at Lüneburg. The majority of its operational life was spent on anti-maritime missions. In December 1940 6/KG26 was chosen to be the first unit to train in airborne torpedo attacks using the He 111. Crews from 1.KGr.126 who had been engaged in experimental torpedo operations transferred to 6/KG26 to begin instruction. From 1941 the unit attacked Russian shipping in the Baltic Sea, until later disbanded in 1944. 6/KG26 were regarded as the "Experten" in air launched torpedo missions. In spring 1941 a Torpedo Training and Trials Establishment was set up at Grossenborde but by the winter of 1941/42 it was moved to Grosseto for better climatic and sea conditions. During the summer of 1942 6/KG26 transferred to Grosseto and took part in attacks on allied convoys including the ships of "Operation Pedestal" when the unit sank two freighters.
BAE Systems Hawk T1A (RAF Valley 4FTS) (1:72 scale) - 2008 marked the 70th anniversary of 19(F) Sqn, which was the first RAF Squadron to be equipped with the Spitfire at Duxford in Cambridgeshire. To mark this anniversary and to help publicise their fundraising endeavours, 19 Squadron received both sponsorship and special permission to repaint one of their Hawk fast jet trainers in a camouflage scheme as worn by the Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. Hawk T.1A, XX184, was repainted in the camouflage colours of a WWII Spitfire during April 2008, attending several aviation events in this special scheme.
BAE Systems Harrier AV-8B (US Marines VMA-214 Black Sheep) (1:72 scale) - The Harrier is the first operational V/STOL (Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft. By directing the engines exhaust through movable nozzles the force could be used to propel the aircraft along a runway or lift it vertically and then into a forward motion. Because of this ability to lift off vertically the Harriers began to be referred to as "jump jets". These aircraft were continuously being refined and improved over the years with many new variants being produced. VMA-214 was originally commissioned in early 1942 as VMF-214 the "Swashbucklers". In August 1943 the squadron was renamed the "Black Sheep' when it came under the command of the infamous Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. On July 9 1957 VMF-214 became VMA-214. In September 1987 the squadron moved to MCAS Yuma Arizona and is attached to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW). In June 1989 VMA-214 retired their A-4M aircraft for the new AV-8B Harriers and in June 1993 the first AV-8B Harrier II arrived.