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Falcon Models Wings of Fame FA729002
IAI F-21A Kfir Diecast Model
USMC VMFT-401 Snipers, #2, MCAS Yuma, AZ, 1985

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
IAI F-21A Kfir   8.5"   4.5"

US aggressor squadrons fly small and low-wing loaded fighters that are used to represent those of the potential adversaries. Twenty-five modified Kfir C.1s were leased to the US Navy and the US Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989, to act as adversary aircraft in dissimilar air combat training (DACT). These aircraft, designated F-21A Kfir, had narrow-span canard foreplanes and a single small rectangular strake on either side of the nose which considerably improved the aircraft's maneuverability and handling at low speeds. The 12 F-21 aircraft leased to the US Navy, painted in a three-tone blue-gray "ghost" scheme, were operated by VF-43, based at NAS Oceana. In 1988 they were returned and replaced by the F-16N. The 13 aircraft leased to the United States Marine Corps were operated by VMFT-401 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. In addition to the blue-gray painted aircraft, the USMC also had some F-21s painted in Israeli colors and desert "flogger" schemes (named because they were to represent the schemes often worn by Warsaw Pact MiG-23 "Floggers". The Kfir was utilized because they both shared the common characteristic of being very fast (Mach 2+) and fast-accelerating aircraft with relatively poor maneuverability. The MiG-23 was targeted as the "enemy" aircraft because at this time the MiG-23 was being introduced in very large numbers, and was a very capable aircraft compared to earlier Soviet types). These aircraft were replaced by F-5Es when the F-21s were returned in 1989 (although this left the training units without any aircraft capable of accurately simulating the Mach 2+, and fast-accelerating MiG-23).

IAI F-21A Kfir

Designed as a refinement of the Dassault Mirage III using the General Electric J79 engine from the F-4 Phantom, the Kfir was first flown on October 19th, 1970.

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Falcon Models Wings of Fame

The Falcon Models "Wings of Fame" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Falcon Models "Wings of Fame" 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, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic fixed ordnance loads.

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