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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation AC073
Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet Diecast Model
RAE No. 1426 (Enemy Aircraft) Flight, Eric Brown, RAE Farnborough, England, March 1942, Captured Aircraft

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet   3.25"   5.25"

Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN is a British former Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 different types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history. He also holds the world record for most aircraft carrier landings performed (2,407) and is the Fleet Air Arm's most decorated living pilot. After World War II‚ Brown commanded RAE No. 1426 (Enemy Aircraft) Flight, nicknamed "the Rafwaffe", that was formed during the Second World War to evaluate captured enemy aircraft and demonstrate their characteristics to other Allied units. Many crash-landed airframes were brought to Farnborough for examination, testing and cannibalisation of spare parts to keep other airframes in serviceable condition. That experience makes Brown one of the few men qualified to compare both Allied and Axis aeroplanes as they flew during the war. He flight-tested 53 German aircraft, including the Me 163B Komet rocket fighter. His flight test of this rocket plane, apparently the only one by an Allied pilot, was accomplished unofficially: it was deemed to be more or less suicidal due to the notoriously dangerous propellants C-Stoff and T-Stoff. Brown also flight tested all three of the German jet designs to see front-line action in the war: the Messerschmitt Me 262 and the Arado Ar 234, and the Heinkel He 162.

Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet

Designed as a rocket powered, high-speed, high-altitude interceptor, the Me 163 was first flown in the summer of 1941.

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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation

The Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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