Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA38209
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Diecast Model
USAF, #43-15208 Fassberg Flyer, Berlin, Germany, Berlin Airlift, 1948
|1:72 Scale|| ||Length|| ||Width|
|Douglas C-47 Skytrain|| ||10.75"|| ||15.75"|
Taking place in the same year as the Centenary of the Royal Air Force, our popular Aviation Archive range boasts a commemoration of its own and marks the 20th anniversary of the first release in this popular series. Back in 1998, aviation enthusiasts were intrigued by the announcement of a new range of 1/144th scale die-cast metal aircraft models from Corgi, which presented the collector with a number of iconic aircraft types from the world of military and civilian aviation.
Chronologically, the first release in the Aviation Archive series was model number 47101, a Douglas C-47A Skytrain named the 'Fassberg Flyer', released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift and marking one of the most famous aircraft to take part in 'Operation Vittles'. To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Aviation Archive range, we are proud to announce the inclusion of AA38209, Douglas C-47A Skytrain 315208 'Fassberg Flyer', US Air Force, Berlin Airlift, 1948 in the range, which presents the collector with a magnificent new 1/72nds scale representation of the very first model in this series.
There are few aircraft in the history of aviation that can boast the importance and reputation enjoyed by that of the Douglas DC-3/C-47 series. This revolutionary aircraft was responsible for establishing comfortable and reliable passenger air travel throughout America in the 1930s, as well as attracting significant interest from the US Army. As America watched Europe and the Far East plunged into conflict, they needed an effective aircraft to potentially transport troops into combat areas and resupply their forces wherever they may be operating and a military version of the rugged and reliable DC-3 was the ideal solution.
The Douglas C-47 Skytrain proved to be one of the most significant aircraft of the Second World War, keeping Allied forces on the move and the enemy on the back foot. In the years following the end of WWII, war weary C-47s were called upon once more, this time in a historic attempt to keep the city of Berlin supplied by air, following the imposition of a Soviet blockade. The 'Fassberg Flyer' was one of the aircraft involved in this operation, flying coal into the former Luftwaffe airfield at Fassberg. The Berlin Airlift is considered as one of the most significant events in the history of aviation.
Designed to meet an American Airlines requirement for an enlarged version of the DC-2, the DC-3 was first flown on December 17th, 1935. Capable of carrying 24 passengers at a cruising speed of 180 mph, the DC-3's speed and long range revolutionized commercial air travel in the 1930s and 40s, when it carried 90 percent of the world's air travelers. Early DC-3s used Wright R-1820 Cyclone engines, but Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp Radials were fitted to later versions; these engines had better single engine performance and allowed the DC-3 to fly at higher altitudes.
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Corgi's 1:72 scale DC-3 series pays tribute to one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made, with releases ranging from military transports to iconic passenger airliners. The fuselage includes transparent windows and a large cockpit windscreen for easy viewing of pilot figures, with two metal "L" shape pitot tubes mounted below. Radial engine detail is present inside the engine nacelles with exhaust stack detail on the outboard lower side of each nacelle. The leading edge of each wing features separately applied transparent landing lights with lens detail and de-icing boots. A heavily constructed all metal display-stand is included for in-flight display.
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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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