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Air Force 1 Aircraft (Series 1) A00058
Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark Diecast Model
PLANAF, #552, Carrier Liaoning, First Landing, November 2012

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark   12"   8"

In November 2012, J-15 Flying Shark #552 was one of two J-15s, painted in high-visiblity markings, that performed the first take-offs and landings from China's newly commissioned aircraft carrier, "Liaoning".

The J-15 is a carrier-based fighter developed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation after China aquired an unfinished Su-33 prototype from Ukraine sometime in 2001. While the J-15 appears to be structurally based on the Su-33, the indigenous fighter features Chinese technologies as well as avionics from the J-11B program.

The Liaoning was originally being built for the Soviet Navy as the aircraft cruiser "Riga" (later renamed "Varyag"). When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 all work stopped on the bare bones ship and it was sold by Ukraine to China in 1998. The ship was commissioned in 2012 and declared combat ready in 2016.

Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark

Designed by the Soviet Union to challenge the superiority of fourth generation US fighters such as the F-15 Eagle, the Su-27 was first flown on May 20, 1977. This one seat Mach-2 fighter had the Soviet Union's first operational fly-by-wire system. The aircraft is very large compared to the MiG-29, its closest Soviet counterpart, but it is built with a high percentage of titanium, which helps minimize its weight. It is exceptionally agile and is perhaps most famous for its "Cobra" maneuver, which is a short, sustained level flight at a 120 degree angle of attack, often performed at air shows.

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Air Force 1 Aircraft (Series 1)

The Air Force 1 range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Air Force 1 (Series 1) diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Authentic markings and placard details.
  • Metal presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Permanently extended landing gear with rotating wheels.

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