F-117 Nighthawk, USAF 37TFW (1:144) By DragonWings 1:144 scale Diecast Warbirds
Item Number: DRW51019
About F-117 Nighthawk, USAF 37TFW (1:144)
F-117 Nighthawk, USAF 37TFW (1:144) by DragonWings
Item Number: DRW51019
- 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-117 Nighthawk, a type designed and built by Lockheed. This stealthy and lethal-looking twin-engine aircraft was designed for ground-attack missions. The F-117 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 5,000lb payload of bombs in its internal bay.
The Nighthawk rose to prominence during the 1991 Gulf War when Coalition forces bombed Iraqi units into submission. The F-117 completed 1,300 sorties and hit 1,600 high-value targets in Iraq, including the capital Baghdad. Operated by the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing Provisional (37 TFW (P)) for the duration of this conflict, the unit's 42 stealth aircraft represented only 2.5% of American aircraft in-theater, yet they struck more than 40% of strategic targets from their base at King Khalid Airbase in Saudi Arabia.
Dragon Warbirds' new 1/144 scale model portrays one of the formidable F-117 Nighthawks that participated in Operation Desert Storm. It's 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. Indeed, the aircraft uses completely new molds, adding to the series of newly tooled subjects in the Warbirds collection. The cockpit interior is fully represented too, even though all the detail can't be seen through the windows. This revolutionary aircraft played an important role in the USAF before it was eventually withdrawn in April 2008, and collectors can appreciate its qualities through this fine model.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.PilotStoresUSA.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.
See all Dragon Wings 1:144 Scale Models