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Dragon Models 1:400 Warbirds 55774
Lockheed RP-3D Orion Diecast Model
USN VXN-8 World Travelers, #158227 Road Runner/Paisano Tres, NAS Patuxent River, MD, Project "Magnet" 1985

1:400 Scale   Length   Width
Lockheed RP-3D Orion   3.5"   3"

US Navy Air Development Squadron Eight (VX-8) was estabished on July 1st 1967 at NAS Patuxtent River, Maryland to conduct airborne oceanographic and geophysical surveys using C-121s and NC-54s. The squadron was redesignated Oceanographic Development Squadron Eight (VXN-8) in January 1969 and upgraded to specialized RP-3 variants of the P-3 Orion. VXN-8 flew long-range survey missions around the globe earning them the nickname "World Travelers". The fleet of five aircraft all wore an international orange and white paint scheme to identify them as nonweapon-carrying. The squadron operated the RP-3 for 24 years before finally being disestablished in September 1993. The RP-3D was originally a P-3C derivative which had been delivered to the US Navy as an oceanographic survey aircraft for project MAGNET. The aircraft was equipped with environmental sensors and a non-ferrous empennage (tail section) to allow the crew to accurately measure variations in the Earth's magnetic field.

Lockheed RP-3D Orion

Designed as a replacement for the P2V Neptune Anti-Submarine aircraft, the P-3 Orion was first flown in November, 1959. The aircraft is based on the Electra turboprop airliner, with the addition of a sensitive Magnetic Anomoly Detector, located far from airframe interference in a distinctive tail boom "stinger". An internal bomb bay can house torpedoes and even nuclear weapons while anti-ship missiles or bombs can be carried on underwing pylons. The P-3's original mission was to track Soviet submarines during the cold war, however it is now in service with numerous countries including Australia, Canada, Germany and Japan, to name but a few.

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Dragon Models 1:400 Warbirds

The Dragon Models "Dragon Wings 1:400 Warbirds Series" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircaft.

Dragon Models "Dragon Wings 1:400 Warbirds Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Fuselage, wings and landing gear proportionally accurate compared to real aircraft.
  • Main wings to scale with authentic and detailed panel lines engraved.
  • Engines based on airline specifications and accurate for each model.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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