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Panavia Tornado

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine fighters, which was jointly developed by the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. There are three primary versions of the Tornado, the fighter-bomber Tornado IDS (Interdictor/Strike), the interceptor Tornado ADV (Air Defence Variant), and the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat/Reconnaissance).

Developed and built by Panavia, a trination consortium consisting of British Aerospace (then the British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of Germany, and Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, the Tornado first flew on August 14, 1974, and saw action with the RAF and AMI (Italian Air Force) in Operation Granby / Gulf War. International co-operation continued after its entry into service within the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment, a tri-nation training and evaluation unit operating from RAF Cottesmore in Rutland in the English Midlands. Including all variants, 992 aircraft were built for the three partner nations and Saudi Arabia. Though still in service, plans are currently underway to replace the aircraft.
 

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General characteristics
Crew: 2
Length: 16.72 m (54 ft 10 in)
Wingspan: 13.91 m at 25° wing sweep, 8.60 m at 67° wing sweep (45.6 ft / 28.2 ft)
Height: 5.95 m (19.5 ft)
Wing area: 26.6 m² (286 ft²)
Empty weight: 13,890 kg (31,620lb)
Max takeoff weight: 28,000 kg (61,700 lb)
Powerplant: 2× Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk 103 afterburning turbofans, 43.8 kN dry, 76.8 kN afterburning (9,850 lbf / 17,270 lbf) each

Performance
Maximum speed: Mach 2.34, 2,417.6 km/h (1,511 mph)
Range: 1,390 km typical combat, 3,890 km ferry with four external drop tanks (870 mi / 2,420 mi)
Service ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 76.7 m/s (15,100 ft/min)
Thrust/weight: 0.55

Armament
1x 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon with 180 rounds
Four fuselage pylons and four swivelling underwing pylons for a maximum of 9000 kg (19,800 lb) of weapons, fuel, and ECM pods, inner wing pylons have shoulder rails for two AIM-9 Sidewinder or ASRAAM self-defence missiles. A wide variety of air-to-ground weapons can be carried including Wasp ASM, Kormoran anti-ship missiles, BAe Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles, AGM-65 Maverick ASM, BAe ALARM anti-radiation missile, LAU-51A and LR-25 rocket pods, napalm bombs, retarded bombs, BL755 cluster bombs, and Paveway series laser-guided bombs, MW-1 munitions dispenser, JP233 munitions dispenser, Storm Shadow, Brimstone, Taurus missile, can be equipped to carry B61 and WE.177 nuclear bombs.
RAPTOR Reconnaissance pod, TIALD laser designator
Rafael Lightening III targeting pod has replaced TIALD 500 during the UK RAF's operations in Iraq.
 

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AH-64 Apache

The AH-64 Apache is the United States Army's principal attack helicopter, and is the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. It was developed by Hughes, and McDonnell Douglas and is currently produced by Boeing.

The AH-64 is a two-seat attack helicopter powered by two General Electric T700 turbo-shaft engines, with high-mounted exhausts on either side of the rotor shaft. The crew sit in tandem, with the pilot sitting behind and above the copilot-gunner. The crew compartment is armored against 23mm gunfire fired from ZSU-23/4s. The helicopter is armed with a 30mm M230 chain gun that is slaved to the gunner's helmet-mounted gunsight. The AH-64 carries a range of external stores on its stub-wing pylons, typically a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles Hydra 70 general-purpose unguided 70mm rockets, and AIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles for defence. In case of emergency the pylons also have mounting points for personnel transfer. [2]

Built to endure front-line environments, it can operate during the day or night and in adverse weather using the integrated helmet and display sight system. The Apache is also equipped with some of the latest avionics and electronics, such as the Target Acquisition and Designation System, Pilot Night Vision System (TADS/PNVS), passive infrared countermeasures and GPS.
 

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General characteristics
Crew: 2: pilot, CPG (co-pilot/gunner)
Length: 58.17 ft (17.73 m)
Rotor diameter: 48 ft 0 in (14.63 m)
Height: 12.7 ft (3.87 m)
Disc area: 1,809.5 ft² (168.11 m²)
Empty weight: 11,387 lb (5,165 kg)
Loaded weight: 18,000 lb (8,000 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 21,000 lb (9,500 kg)
Powerplant: 2× General Electric T700 1,690 shp and later upgraded to T701 1,890 shp (1988-1990) and further upgraded to T701C (1991- today) turboshafts, (1,260 kW) each
Rotor system=4 blades

Performance
Never exceed speed: 197 knots (227 mph, 365 km/h)
Maximum speed: 158 knots (182 mph, 293 km/h)
Cruise speed: 143 knots (165 mph, 265 km/h)
Combat radius: 260 nm (300 mi, 480 km)
Ferry range: 1,024 nm (1,180 mi, 1,900 km)
Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (12.7 m/s)
Disc loading: 9.80 lb/ft² (47.90 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.18 lb/hp (310 W/kg)

Armament
Guns: 1× M230 30 mm (1.18 in) cannon, 1,200 rounds
Rockets: Hydra 70 FFARockets
Missiles: combination of AGM-114 Hellfire, AIM-92 Stinger, AIM-9 Sidewinder
 

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BAE Sea Harrier

The BAE Systems Sea Harrier is a naval VTOL/STOVL jet fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft, a development of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. It first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980 as the Sea Harrier FSR.1, and was informally known as the "Shar". The latest version is the Sea Harrier FA2. It was withdrawn from Royal Navy service in March 2006.
 

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General characteristics
Crew: 1
Length: 46 ft 6 in (14.2 m)
Wingspan: 25 ft 3 in (7.6 m)
Height: 12 ft 4 in (3.71 m)
Wing area: 201.1 ft² (18.68 m²)
Empty weight: 14,052 lb (6,374 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 26,200 lb (11,900 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Rolls-Royce Pegasus turbofan, 21,500 lbf (95.64 kN)

Performance
Service ceiling: 51,000 ft (16,000 m)
Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (250 m/s)

Armament
Guns: 2× 30 mm (1.18 in) ADEN cannons
Missiles:
AIM-9 Sidewinder
AIM-120 AMRAAM
ALARM
R550 Magic (Sea Harrier FRS 51)
Sea Eagle
Bombs: WE.177 (until in 1992)
 

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Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk

The Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk is the world's first operational aircraft completely designed around stealth technology. Flown solely by the United States Air Force, it is a direct descendant of the Have Blue stealth prototype program.

The F-117A was widely publicized during the Gulf War. The Air Force has been trying to retire the F-117, due mainly to the deployment of the more effective F-22 Raptor. The Air Force is planning to retire the F-117 from October 2006 to 2008, and no new pilots will be trained to fly the plane
 

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General characteristics
Crew: 1
Length: 69 ft 9 in (20.08 m)
Wingspan: 43 ft 4 in (13.20 m)
Height: 12 ft 9.5 in (3.78 m)
Wing area: 780 ft² (73 m²)
Empty weight: 29,500 lb (13,380 kg)
Loaded weight: 52,500 lb (23,800 kg)
Powerplant: 2× General Electric F404-F1D2 turbofans, 10,600 lbf (48.0 kN) each

Performance
Maximum speed: Mach .92 (617 mph)
Cruise speed: Mach .92
Range: unlimited with air refueling ()
Service ceiling: 69,000 ft (20,000 m)
Wing loading: 65 lb/ft² (330 kg/m²)
Thrust/weight: 0.40

Armament
2× internal weapons bays with one hardpoint each (total of 2 weapons) equipped to carry:
Bombs:
JOPANA multiple selectable intertially aided munition
BLU-109 hardened penetrator
GBU-10 Paveway II laser-guided bomb
GBU-27 laser-guided bomb
JDAM inertially aided munition
Missiles:
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
AGM-88 HARM air-to-surface missiles
 

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Cool gets, Gary!!! How many of these diecast planes do you have now???

Sean
 
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hi gaz looks like you have been collecting the air combat collection , i have the set of them . the set contains 34 planes of allsorts , i reckon they made more but thats all we got in oz but they have some nice planes in the set . been trying to sell mine not much luck in that department . i wish they all had wheels instead of sitting on a stand.
good pics gaz.

cheers barry.
 
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