The Queen Elizabeth class is a class of two aircraft carriers of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. The lead ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was named on 4th July 2014, in honour of Elizabeth I (not Elizabeth II). She was commissioned on 7th December 2017, with an initial operating capability expected in 2018. The second, HMS […]
Japan selected the F-4 Phantom II as its new fighter at the end of the 1960s. On 1st November 1968, this choice was made public and Japan became one of the few countries that license-produced this aircraft. The Nihon Koku Jietai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force, JASDF) received a total of 154 F-4EJ and RF-4Es. While […]
The First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC), recruited under President Franklin Roosevelt’s authority before Pearl Harbor and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The aircraft were to fly […]
The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) is the aviation branch of the Republic of China Armed Forces. The ROCAF’s primary mission is the defence of the airspace over and around Taiwan. Priorities of the ROCAF include the development of long range reconnaissance and surveillance networks, integrating C4ISTAR systems to increase battle effectiveness, procuring counterstrike […]
The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively. It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft. Operators of […]
The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (German, “People’s Fighter”), the name of a project of the Emergency Fighter Program design competition, was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other […]
The de Havilland DH.103 Hornet was a twin-piston engined fighter aircraft developed by de Havilland. It further exploited the wooden construction techniques that had been pioneered by the earlier de Havilland Mosquito. Development of the Hornet had started during the Second World War as a private venture, an aim for the aircraft was to conduct […]
The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engined supersonic jet trainer. It was the world’s first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2017 in several air forces. The United States Air Force (USAF) operates the most T-38s. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used […]
Major Helmut Paul Emil Wick (5th August 1915 – 28th November 1940) was a German Luftwaffe ace and the fourth recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade, the Oak Leaves, was awarded by the Third Reich to recognise extreme […]
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (NATO reporting name: Foxbat) is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau primarily using stainless steel; one of the few combat aircraft to do so. It was the last plane designed by Mikhail Gurevich […]
The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States’ first swept wing fighter that could counter the similarly-winged Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights over the skies of the Korean War (1950–1953). Considered one of the […]
The Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) “Tophatters” are a United States Navy fighter attack squadron based at Naval Air Station Lemoore. They fly the F/A-18E Super Hornet, and are the Navy’s oldest active squadron, having formed in 1919. Their call sign is Camelot, and their tail code is NG VFA-14 Squadron Lineage 1st September 1919 […]
Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, FRAeS, DL (21st February 1910 – 5th September 1982) was a Royal Air Force flying ace during the Second World War. He was credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. […]
The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and related twin-seat F/A-18F are twin-engine carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet. The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can […]
Hans von Hahn (7 August 1914 – 5 November 1957) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career he was credited with 34 […]
The Supermarine Walrus was a British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell and first flown in 1933. It was operated by the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) and also served with the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and Royal New Zealand Air Force […]
Sywell entertained two new visitors this week. As many of you will recognize from the photograph above, the first of these visitors was none other than P51-D “Jumpin Jacques” operated by Hanger 11. I don’t know exactly what time she arrived, but when I made my morning trip to the Aviator Hotel reception (to collect […]
Dear Newsletter Readers thank you to all your kind comments on the Newsletters that I have recently written. It certainly is encouraging to me that they are read and enjoyed by so many of you. Each week I will try and vary the content between updated aviation model news and recent news from the airshows that […]
All the latest model release announcements at Flying Tigers. Some spectacular new models have now been added to our website, including the Duxford SR-71 Blackbird from Century Wings and a new Northrop P-61B Black Widow and MV-22B Osprey from Air Force One models.
All the latest model aviation releases at Flying Tigers, including the latest F-14 Tomcat from Century Wings.
All the latest model announcements, from all the leading manufacturers at Flying Tigers. New for this month is the 1/72nd scale McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle from Hobbymaster.
The most popular section of the Flying Tigers website is our New die-cast model aviation section, which is fully updated with all the latest model releases, from all the leading manufacturers.
All the latest die-cast aviation model announcements are now available to be viewed on the Flying Tigers website.
All the latest die-cast model aviation releases at Flying Tigers. Keep up to date with all the latest model releases from all the major manufacturers, such as Corgi, Hobbymaster, Century Wings and Oxford Die-cast […]
All the new models are available at Flying Tigers, including the new Hobbymaster F-35 Lightning II and the Avro Anson from Oxford.
All the latest model releases are available at Flying Tigers, including this magnificent Avro Lancaster B.1 (Special) from Corgi. This Lancaster centurion was credited as being the machine which finally destroyed the mighty German battleship Tirpitz.
Massive savings on some fantastic aviation models, from all the major manufacturers. The Flying Tigers sale section is the place to visit for diecast bargains!
2012 sees the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War and this new section features some of the models that have been produced to mark this struggle. With aircraft available from both Great Britain and Argentina, this section allows the collector to view them all in the same section.
The magnificent North American P-51D Mustang is an absolute aviation classic – The Cadillac of the sky! The Mustang continues to thrill Airshow audiences to this day and our new Mustang section pays homage to this fantastic aeroplane.
The new Corgi Aviation Archive catalogue has just been released and all the models which are exciting the collector are available to be viewed on the Flying Tigers website. Highlights include the New Messerschmitt of Erich Hartmann, Avro Lancaster ‘Johnnie Walker’ and the Lynx helicopter of the Royal Navy Black Cats.