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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA33403
Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King Diecast Model
USMC HMX-1 U.S.Presidential Flight, "Marine One"

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King   12.25"   10.25"

On January 1, 1958 the U.S.Army Executive Flight Detachment, Davison U.S.Army Air Field, Fort Belvoir, VA, was activated. They, along with the Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) U.S.Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, VA, were given the primary mission of the emergency evacuation of the President, his family and other key government officials. These units furnished helicopter transportation for the President and others. In 1961, the VH-3D Sea King began to replace the VH-34D as the primary executive transport. Developed for the Navt, as a carrier-based all weather anti-submarine helicopter with extensive interior modifications, it became the favourite VIP transport. It remains in service after 35 years.

Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King

Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for an all-weather amphibious helicopter, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King first flew on March 11, 1959. Originally a submarine hunter-killer, the Sea King has since been used in a variety of operations, from search and rescue, executive transport and communications to anti-ship and airborne early warning. Its five main rotor blades and tail section fold for stowage aboard aircraft carriers, and its hull can remain temporarily watertight for water landings—a risky maneuver attempted only in emergencies. When deployed by aircraft carriers, Sea Kings serve as plane guard and are the first in the air and the last to return.

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Corgi's 1:72 scale Sea Kings are quite large, with each release featuring a variety of transparent window configurations on the port side. These models feel surprisingly heavy for 1:72 scale. Two sets of rotor blades are included, one with drooping blades for ground display and another with blades that are curved upwards for in-flight display. The "green-house" canopy with a variety of tinting is large, allowing for easy viewing of the cockpit interior and crew figures. Each release highlights one of many engine intake configurations and radar domes. The sliding cargo door opens effortlessly to expose an expansive cargo-hold.

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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series

The Corgi "Aviation Archive" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. The vast Aviation Archive range has become the standard by which all other diecast airplane ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival library material. Famous airplanes and aviators from both military and commercial airline aviation are all honored.

Corgi "Aviation Archive" 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.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed, hand-painted pilot and crew member figures.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Selected interchangeable features such as speed-brakes, opened canopies and access panels.
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings.

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