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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I, N1671, RAF Museum Hendon 'the only complete survivor' (1:72)
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Collectors item: Not suitable for children under 14This model is due in late 2013. Delivery dates are not guaranteed
The Boulton Paul Defiant proved to be a blind alley in fighter design. The idea of a turret armed fighter seemed a good one in the pre-war years, the theory being that the aircraft would fly into a bomber stream and wreak havoc on the lightly defended bombers with its turret armament. However, at the outbreak of the war the Defiant proved to be vulnerable to enemy fighters, who quickly learned not to attack the fighter from the rear. So the Defiant was moved to the night fighter role, where it proved to be more suited.
This particular Defiant is the only survivor from the 1,064 produced, it was operated by 307 (Polish) Squadron until late 1942. It then moved to 285 Squadron being used for anti-aircraft co-operation duties before being placed into storage. Here it was saved for display and has been at either RAF Hendon or Cosford since the creation of the RAF Museum. Recently restored by the Medway Air Preservation Society, the Defiant looks resplendent in its matt black night fighter scheme.