Westland Wessex HC2 XV500 (RAF 78 Sqn 1970) Diecast Model Airplane

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Westland Wessex HC2 XV500 (RAF 78 Sqn 1970) Diecast Model Airplane

By Corgi

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This Westland Wessex HC2 XV500 (RAF 78 Sqn 1970) Diecast Model Airplane has working rotors - tail rotor and also comes with a display stand. It is made by Corgi and is 1:72 scale (approx. 23cm / 9.1in rotor span). The Westland Wessex HC.2 was a licence built turbine powered development of the classic American Sikorski S-58 Helicopter - one of the world's first truly capable helicopters and one which finally established these aircraft as amongst the most useful for both military and civilian applications. XR500 was one of a batch or 4 HC.2 helicopters delivered in advance of the type's acceptance into RAF service and was used by the Wessex Intensive Flying Trials Unit at RAF Odiham - in preparation for its squadron introduction. It was later one of the founding aircraft of the re-forming No.18 Squadron - the first operational unit to receive the Wessex HC.2 - in January 1964. It would later join No.78 Squadron and from 1967 - operate from the vital overseas base at Sharjah in the Trucial States (now part of the United Arab Emirates) where - in conjunction with other RAF units - it would help to ensure the ongoing stability of the region. Wearing this particularly attractive scheme - these hard working helicopters would transport troops and supplies around the region - whilst also being on hand to provide flexible airborne support whenever called upon. XR500 was written off in April 1979 when it crashed into Hong Kong harbour - whilst undertaking a winching exercise in poor weather - thankfully - the crew all survived the experience. Limited edition of 1000 pieces worldwide complete with numbered certificate.

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Brand Corgi
Category Scale Models
Size 23cm rotor span
Fruugo ID 40362753-82375089
EAN 5055286658310
Retailer VRN GB992313019