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Dragon Models 1:400 Warbirds 56263
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird Diecast Model
USAF 9th SRW, #61-7967, Beale AFB, CA, 1997

1:400 Scale   Length   Width
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird   3.25"   1.75"

The US Air Force 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing was established at Fairfield-Suisun AFB, California on April 25th, 1949. After flying a wide variety of reconnaissance aircraft, including the RB-17, RB-29 and B-36, the Squadron was equipped with the legendary SR-71 Blackbird in 1966 shortly after moving to its present day home of Beale AFB, California. Its west-coast location provided an ideal launching point for many long-distance SR-71 missions over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Wing eventually retired the SR-71 but, incredibly, the Air Force decided to re-activate three SR-71s in the late 1990s due to increasing tensions in the Middle East and North Korea. Aircraft #61-7967 was the second Blackbird to be returned to active duty but the re-activation was short-lived. The SR-71 program was permanently brought to an end in 1998 and #61-7967 is currently on display at the 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

Designed as a long-range, strategic reconnaissance aircraft, The Lockheed SR-71 first flew on December 22, 1964. Nicknamed "The Blackbird," this highly-advanced aircraft was believed by many to be ahead of its time. It was capable of mach 3 and still holds the record for the fastest "air breathing manned aircraft" in the world. Its speed and ability to operate at high altitudes served as a defensive feature; when attacked by surface-to-air missiles, the pilot needed only to accelerate to avoid being struck. Only 32 SR-71's were operated during its 34-year service history, and though 12 were destroyed in accidents none were lost to enemy attack.

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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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