Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a Ė D3511, Major Roderic S. Dallas, CO RFC No. 40 Squadron, Bruay Aerodrome, France, May 1918
1:48 Scale. Length: 5.25". Wingspan: 6.75"
Limited Edition of 1,200 Models Worldwide
Trading the tranquility of Queensland for the airborne battles above the Western Front, Roderic Dallas worked in a mine to earn enough money to finance passage to England and his dreams of becoming an airman. Accepted for training with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, Dallas excelled in both the classroom and in the air and on gaining his pilot's license, he was posted to No. 1 Squadron RNAS, initially flying the Sopwith Pup. His first aerial victory came in May 1916 and from that date, his score began to increase rapidly, as he earned a reputation as a fearless dogfighter, but one who didnít take unnecessary risks - he also relished the extremely risky low level missions which many fellow pilots avoided and suffered several injuries while engaged in such sorties.Die-cast metal fuselage
Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Rotatable propeller with wood grain effect
Detailed wing rigging
Numbered collector card
Box with S.E.5a artwork
By the time he was appointed commander of RFC No. 40 Squadron in March 1918, Dallas had at least 30 victories to his name and traded his Sopwith fighter for a Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a, an aircraft in which he would go on to score a further nine victories. Unusually, his aircraft was one of a handful of SE5a fighters which were given an experimental camouflage finish, thought to have been trialed on aircraft engaged in ground strafing operations. Australian Great War ace 'Stan' Dallas was officially credited with 39 aerial victories, which places him as the second most successful Australian ace of WWI, behind the 47 victories of Robert A. Little. Post war research later revealed that due to the fact Dallas had a somewhat casual attitude to claiming victories his actual total may have exceeded 50 aerial victories, which would have seen him earning the title of 'Australia's most successful fighter ace'.
The third SE5 produced (A4563) became, in effect, the prototype SE5a with a 200-hp Hispano Suiza power plant and shorter wingspan. The SE5a built a reputation for strength, performance and general flying quality, which together with the Sopwith Camel were the main reasons for the Allies gaining and maintaining air superiority during 1918. Some aircraft were fitted with four 25 lb (11 kg) Cooper bombs under fuselage racks. The SE5a was one of aviationís great warplanes
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