1:48 Scale English Electric Lightning F6 XR728

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of English Electric Lightning F6 XR728 entering service with the RAF, Corgi have produced this 1:48 scale die cast model, in a limited edition of just 1,800 worldwide.   Read More
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English Electric Lightning F6 XR728/JS now resides at Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire where she is cared for by the Lightning Preservation Group, whose dedication has helped maintain her in ground running condition for 30 years.

Introduced in 1960, the English Electric Lightning represented an enormous leap forward in aviation technology, and has become a true icon of the Cold War era. The first aircraft designed as a radar-based integrated weapons system, Lightnings formed the front line of our air defences for two decades, defending the V-Bomber airfields against Russian bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. The pair of unique vertically-stacked Rolls Royce Avon engines produced incredible speed and climb performance which would eclipse most of today’s fighter aircraft – capable of supersonic flight even without using reheat, she topped out at about 1,500mph and could climb vertically at 20,000ft/min to a service ceiling of 54,000ft.

Lightning F6 XR728 first flew on 17 March 1965 and was delivered to 23 Sqn at RAF Leuchars on 1 November 1967. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of her entering service with the RAF, Corgi have produced this 1:48 scale die cast model, in a limited edition of just 1,800 worldwide. It displays a wealth of authentic detail including, opening canopy, optional undercarriage, engine blanking plates, missiles, and crew ladder. Wingspan 8½”.

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Art prints and collectables are often produced as numbered limited editions, and are provided with certificates confirming their authenticity and position within the collection. This limited availablilty increases their value, making them more desirable. Take the opportunity to be one of only a few people in the world to own this model.

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The Corgi brand was created by the Mettoy Company of Northampton which first started to produce colourful, pressed metal toys in the 1930s. The first models appeared in 1956 and covered British-built saloon cars of the period. Names redolent with nostalgia including the Ford Consul, Austin Cambridge, Morris Cowley, Riley Pathfinder, Vauxhall Velox, Rover 90 and Hillman Husky were among the first to be produced. Each model sold for 3/- (15p).

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