Panavia Tornado GR4 (Saudi Air Force )

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

The Tornado Interdictor Strike (IDS) is the export version equivalent to the RAF's GR.Mk.1 designed by the three members of Panavia--the UK's British Aerospace Germany's MBB and Italy's Aeritalia. The Tornado is an exceptional performer and well-suited to low-level high-speed bombing missions thanks to its advanced navigation/attack system. The system's powerful radar can operate in search, ground-mapping and terrain-following modes. This allowed British Italian and Saudi Tornadoes to engage in many low-level anti-runway bombing sorties early in the 1991 war against Iraq. So successful was the Tornado IDS that nearly 1000 examples were built including 402 for the UK, 359 for Germany, 99 for Italy and 96 for Saudi Arabia.


BAe Hawk (Red Arrow)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, took delivery of the Hawk trainer in the winter of 1979/80. Pilots converted from the Gnat and worked up a display using the new aeroplane in time for the 1980 display season. The Hawk has taken the team on tours of Europe, the USA, the Middle and Far East and Australia – in all, The Red Arrows have displayed in 50 countries. The Corgi model will come with a water-slide decal sheet featuring the serial numbers of all 9 of the Red’s Hawk aircraft. This will allow the collector to authentically replicate any of the aircraft in the team.


Bae Harrier GR3

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

4 Sqn began operations with the Harrier on 22nd June 1970, moving to RAF Wildenrath in Germany with 4 GR1 Harriers. The squadron grew rapidly and was soon a major part of Britain's Harrier force, and was a key part of NATO in defending Germany against Soviet aggression. On 4 Jan 1977 the Sqn moved to RAF Gutersloh but has also been active in other places, with its aircraft being deployed to Belize and the Falkland Islands after the conflict. The GR3 aircraft modelled carries a special commemorative tailfin, with a stylised version of 4 Sqn's crest applied to the tailfin. 4 Sqn remains at the forefront of RAF Harrier operations to this day, currently operating the GR7/9 model as part of Joint Force Harrier.


Sepecat Jaguar GR3A

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

6 Squadron of the RAF holds the distinction of being the longest continuously serving Squadron anywhere in the world. Formed on the 31st January 1914, 6 Squadron remained operational continuously until 2007, when it disbanded as the last Jaguar Squadron. The model depicted, XX738 represents one of the Squadron's aircraft as they were typically seen in their final days flying out of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The RAF has announced that No. 6 Sqn will be the third operational front line squadron equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon but production delays to Tranche 2 aircraft have meant that "the Flying Canopeners" are yet to reform. However they remain scheduled to be the next squadron to receive the Typhoon, the RAF's latest front line jet aircraft.


Sepecat Jaguar T2 (16 Squadron Anniversary Scheme)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

No. 16 Sqn of the RAF was formed at St Omer, France on 10 May 1915. It began fighting in World War I under Hugh Dowding. The Sqn also participated in World War II and the Persian Gulf War. From 1991 to 2005, the unit operated SEPECAT Jaguar GR3s from RAF Coltishall. As 16 (Reserve) Sqn, it was the RAFs Operational Conversion Unit for the Jaguar. In 1994, Jaguar GR.3 XX116 was repainted in an overall matt black colour scheme to commemorate the Sqns 80th Anniversary the following year when the Black Cat participated in air shows in the UK and Europe. No. 16 Squadron was formally disbanded at RAF Coltishall on 11 March 2005.

Bac Lightning F6 (XS921)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

English Electric Lightning F6, serial number XS921, was delivered to 74 Tiger Squadron in December 1966 and initially based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. In 1967, XS921 and other Lightnings of 74 Sqn made the long journey to Tengah Air Base in Singapore and in doing so became the first RAF fighter unit to make such a journey using air to air refuelling. The deployment to Singapore, codenamed Operation Hydraulic, gave the RAFs Far East Air Force (FEAF) a powerful supersonic fighter element in the region. This was deemed necessary in order to deter the territorial claims made by Indonesia against nearby Malaysia, a British protectorate. The show of strength proved successful and 74 Sqn departed Tengah in August 1971 with the squadron disbanding. Its Lightnings were taken over by 56 Sqn at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. In September 1985, while serving with 11 Sqn, Lightning XS921 was lost after developing technical problems while returning to RAF Binbrook after a training exercise but thankfully the pilot was able to make a successful ejection. For more information about 74 Squadron please visit

Panavia Tornado GR1 (20 Squadron)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

The Panavia Tornado was jointly developed by the UK West Germany and Italy in three primary versions: the Tornado IDS (Interdictor/Strike) fighter-bomber; the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat/Reconnaissance); and the Tornado ADV (Air Defence Variant) Interceptor. It is one of the world's most sophisticated and capable interdiction and attack aircraft with a large payload, long range and high survivability. During 1984 No.20 Sqn re-equipped with Tornado GR1s at RAF Wildenrath Germany and these remained until the unit disbanded in May 1992.


Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon F2 (3 Sqn)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine canard-delta wing multirole aircraft. It is being designed and built by a consortium of three separate partner companies: Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, and EADS working through a holding company Eurofighter GmbH which was formed in 1986. The aircraft has entered service with the UK Royal Air Force, the German Luftwaffe, the Italian Air Force, the Spanish Air Force and the Austrian Air Force. It is also in production for Saudi Arabia. No. 3 Squadron (Royal Flying Corps) was formed at Larkhill on 13 May 1912 from No. 2 Company of the Air Battalion Royal Engineers. 3 Sqn was actually the first squadron to receive heavier than air flying machines, hence the motto ´Tertius primus erit', meaning ´The third shall be the first'. No. 3 Sqn became the first operational front line squadron equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon on March 31 2006. 3(F) Sqn was declared operational in 2007.


Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (USS Hancock)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was an American attack aircraft originally designed to operate from United States Navy aircraft carriers. The aircraft was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Corporation (later McDonnell Douglas), and was originally designated the A4D under the US Navy’s pre-1962 designation system. This A-4F Skyhawk served with Navy attack squadron VA-212 aboard the carrier USS Hancock in the early 1970s, during the Vietnam War. Skyhawks operated in theatre until the withdrawal from Vietnam and accounted for 37 per cent of combat losses from enemy fire.


BAe Hawk (19 Squadron)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

2008 marked the 70th anniversary of 19(F) Sqn which was the first RAF Squadron to be equipped with the Spitfire at Duxford in Cambridgeshire. To mark this anniversary and to help publicise their fundraising endeavours 19 Squadron received both sponsorship and special permission to repaint one of their Hawk fast jet trainers in a camouflage scheme as worn by the Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. Hawk T.1A XX184 was repainted in the camouflage colours of a WWII Spitfire during April 2008 attending several aviation events in this special scheme.


Sepecat Jaguar (Decomission Livery)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

The first Jaguar was delivered to the RAF in 1973 and equipped eight front-line squadrons in the UK and Germany. Its capabilities were first tested in the 1991 Gulf War and subsequent operations over Iraq as well as the Balkans. Updated to maintain combat effectiveness the GR.3A upgrade included GPS helmet-mounted sight and new engines for increased economy and performance. 16(R) and 54 Squadrons disbanded in 2005 followed by 41(F) Squadron in 2006. The type's official retirement was on April 25 2007 with the last Squadron No.6 disbanding on May 31 2007.


Douglas A-4 Skyhawk (US Navy Blue Angels)

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

A wonderful model from Corgi of a McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk in the markings of The Blue Angels Aerobatic Team, Pensacola NAS, Florida 1974-1985.


Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt

Manufacturer: Corgi       Scale: 1:72       Collection: The Aviation Archive

In 1977 the military mirrored the popular film JAWS as its acronym and name for its tactical tests of the A-10 and Army attack helicopters became the `Joint Attack Weapons System' (JAWS). Air Force Aggressor pilots reported that the A-10's light celestial camouflage scheme made the `Warthog' easily visible from above so the 57th Tactical Training Wing developed a new terrestrial camouflage of tan green or grey sprayed and brushed with other earth tones. Two of the camouflages were evaluated at JAWS II in November 1977 and by September 1978 the `Lizard' scheme became a minor though well-remembered camouflage oddity.