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EC-121 Model, USAF, 553rd RS, “Da Nang Glider” - Hobby Master HL9017

EC-121 Model, USAF, 553rd RS, “Da Nang Glider” - Hobby Master HL9017 - click to enlarge
EC-121 Model, USAF, 553rd RS, “Da Nang Glider” - Hobby Master HL9017 - click to enlarge

Item No. HM-HL9017
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Hobby Master 1:200 Airliners Series Diecast Model

Lockheed EC-121R Warning Star – #67-21487, "Da Nang Glider", 553rd Reconnaissance Squadron, USAF, Korat RTAFB, Thailand, June 1969

1:200 Scale.  Length: 7".  Wingspan: 7.5"

During the Vietnam War EC-121R Warning Stars were used to monitor enemy movements. On June 4, 1969 EC-121R #67-21487 c/n 4480, former USN 143206, departed Korat RTAFB for an eight hour on site orbit. Shortly after entering the orbit all four of the aircrafts engines shut down without any warning. Without pressure from the engines there were no hydraulics and the pilot had to wrestle with manual controls to keep the aircraft from diving and/or rolling. Eventually the engines were restarted and the EC-121 was flown to the nearest base at Da Nang, the aircraft thus becoming the “Da Nang Glider”. No explanation was ever reached as to why this occurred.

The Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star was a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy airborne early warning radar surveillance aircraft. A military version of the Super Constellation airliner, the EC-121 was designed to serve as an airborne early warning system to supplement the Distant Early Warning Line. The USAF used the EC-121 in Vietnam as electronic sensor monitors and to detect enemy aircraft activity. Introduced in 1954 the EC-121 was retired in 1978 and was replaced by the E-3 Sentry (a modified Boeing 707) which entered service with the USAF starting in 1977.

Hobby Master offers a wide selection of quality, pre-assembled, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted to a high level of accuracy using specifications of the original aircraft. They are constructed with precision-made diecast metal and some plastic components.

This model of an EC-121 Warning Star features:

  • Realistic panel lines
  • Historically accurate printed markings
  • Rotatable propellers
  • Optional extended landing gear
  • Display stand

  • Category: Hobby Master 1:200 Scale Military Aircraft

    This item is not suitable for children under the age of 14

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