F-117A Nighthawk, 37TFW USAF, November 1988 (1:144) By DragonWings 1:144 scale Diecast Warbirds
Item Number: DRW51051
About F-117A Nighthawk, 37TFW USAF, November 1988 (1:144)
F-117A Nighthawk, 37TFW USAF, November 1988 (1:144) by DragonWings
Item Number: DRW51051
- Fully detailed
- Diecast metal fuselage and wings
- Accurate engraved panel lines
- Historically accurate markings
- Metal Stand Included
The military aircraft that should win the award for looking the most advanced and secretive is perhaps the F-117A Nighthawk, a type designed and built by Lockheed. This stealthy and lethal-looking twin-engine aircraft was designed for ground attack missions. The F-117A began US Air Force (USAF) operations in 1983 although its existence wasn't revealed officially to the world until 1988. Despite the 'F' in its nomenclature, this was a genuine ground attack aircraft rather than a fighter, and 64 examples were built. Its design limited it to subsonic speeds, but it could carry a 5,000 lb payload of bombs in its internal bay. The first F-117As were delivered to the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37 TFW) in 1982, and the unit maintained strict secrecy at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada until November 1988, when the aircraft's existence was officially acknowledged. Its first combat was Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989, but it really rose to prominence during the 1991 Gulf War.
Dragon Warbird' newest 1/144 scale model portrays one of the formidable F-117A Nighthawks as it was unveiled to the public in 1988. The model is manufactured true to scale, and it captures perfectly the aggressive and futuristic concept of this plane. The multifaceted surfaces are all well represented, as is the stealthy black finish. New for this Nighthawk is an excellent feature - collectors can elect to depict the bomb bay doors open, which allows the bomb payload to be seen. Collectors will appreciate the fine qualities of this revolutionary aircraft through this fine fully built-up model.
About DragonWings 1:144 scale Diecast Warbirds
Established in 1987, Dragon Models Limited first produced plastic model kits before moving into the airliner model field with their Dragon Wings 1:400 scale line of commercial and national airliners. By Maintaining strict quality standards, and with features such as working parts, accurate markings, true to scale models and excellent manufacturing, the Dragon line of products became leaders in the world of aviation and military models. Collectors will find a wide selection of diecast aircrafts, space crafts, tanks in their Dragon Armor line, 1:6 scale action figures from their New Generation Life Action Figure series, 1:72 scale fighter aircrafts from their Warbirds series and more. Dragon Model Limited released over a 1,000 different model kits and pre-constructed models, and they may also be found under the brand labels of "Revell/Monogram" in the USA, "Revell" and "Italeri" in Europe, and "Hasegawa" and "GSI" in Japan. Production of the Dragon Wings airliners, warebirds, and Dragon Armor tanks ceased in 2008. Remaining stock of these popular models is limited and at www.DiecastAirplane.com we have the largest selection of closeout Dragon Wings models at low, low closeout prices.
About this scale
1:144 Scale models, while not as common as 1:72, are still a good scale for collectors. This scale is often used for larger military and space models that would be too large or expensive in 1:72 scale.
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