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General Information; The Spanish Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Española) acquired three F-27 MPA's in 1979. Registration and Construction numbers: 2-01 (10581) / 2-02 (10585) / 2-03 (10587) Were operational at Gando Air Base, Las Palmas Gran Canaria. I have heard, that one is taken off from the registry. These F-27 MPA's did (and still doing ) sterling service for the FAE. Tasks: SAR, Transport, Communication, Fishery Inspection, Communication and Patrolling the vast area surrounding the Canaries islands. The Kit: Very basic Esci kit. It needs some TLC to get it right, Vibrant color scheme I opened up the cargo door, but this was not standard on the Spanish type.
In December of 1985, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, leased two F-27-400M Friendship aircraft from the Dutch aeronautical firm, Fokker. The two planes were to replace the team’s aging fleet of YC-7A Caribou, which had served the Knights’ airlift needs for more than 10 years. A short time later the Army purchased the two aircraft from Fokker and redesignated them as the C-31A “Troopship.” The two planes are primarily used to provide the Golden Knights with safe and economical travel to more than 300 different demonstration sites annually. While at these sites, the C-31A serves as the team’s jump platform, carrying the men and women of the Golden Knights to altitudes as high as 2 1/2 miles above the show site where they begin performing the precision freefall maneuvers and formations that have become trademarks of the team. During many of the Golden Knight’s shows, once the jumpers have exited the C-31A, it will descend and perform a low altitude, high speed fly-by demonstrating the maneuverability and versatility of the aircraft. The model is from Esci scale 1/72. The paint used is from Xtra Color. The decals are from Draw Decals. Regards, Orion / The Netherlands. In Preparation: F27 Fuerza Aerea Argentina T-41
THE NEPTUNE P2V-7/SP-2H IN SERVICE WITH THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS NAVY: NAS=Naval Air Station NAF=Naval Air facility RNLN=Royal Netherlands Navy MLD= Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (Naval Air Arm/ Royal Netherlands Navy) On the 21 off august 1961, it was decided by the Dutch Ministry of Defense that the Royal Netherlands Navy was to acquire 15 Lockheed Neptunes air frames type P2V-7B. These aircraft were to be numbered 200/214. The reason for this acquisition was a large conflict with Indonesia over the Dutch colony Papua New Guinea. To strengthen the presence of the Dutch armed Forces in the region, the choice fell on the Lockheed Neptune. These aircraft were to be armed in the nose section with four Hispano 20mm machine guns. Eventually eleven aircraft were flown from Lockheed Burbank to Naval Air station Biak in Netherlands New Guinea. The chosen route was: Burbank-NAS Alameda-NAS barbers Point-NAF Kwajalein to Biak, a flight from more than 6000 miles. They were to form Squadron 321. Four Neptunes (209-210-211-2120) were flown directly from the factory to the Netherlands for crew training and evaluation. Neptune registration number 200, crashed on the 11th of May 1962 at the airport of Mokmer, after fire in the starboard jet-engine. On landing, it lost all hydraulic pressure and ended in a ditch. It was written off. In august 1962, the conflict came to an end. In that same year the Neptunes flew back from NAS Biak via Tan-Son-Nhut-Katunayake-Karachi-Basra-Athens and finally to NAS Valkenburg. Only ten aircraft were to return. After the return to the Netherlands, the strength was fourteen aircraft. All were posted to the 320 squadron at NAS Valkenburg. Eventually, the machine guns in the nose were removed and replaced by the transparent nose section and after further anti submarine modifications renamed SP-2H. On the 23 of January 1965, Neptune (212) crashed in the North Sea. It was then decided to increase the squadron with four ex- French Navy Neptune aircraft. These were numbered 215/218. To note: Is that the 212 was “hijacked” by two aircraft mechanics. After take-off from the runway at Naval Air Station Valkenburg, the 212 crashed in the North Sea. Both mechanics lost their lives. The Navy lost a very precious airframe. After this incident, you were shot without any questions if you got near the parked Neptunes. Taking part in many military exercises and patrolling the oceans in the cold war period In 1982, the last operational Neptunes were phased out and replaced by the P-3 Lockheed Orion. For thirty years, this beautiful aircraft did sterling service for the RNLN.The specific sound of the Wright R-3350 18 cil, accompanied by the Westinghouse J34-WE jet engines were over. LONG RANGE MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT (LRMPA) THE COCKPIT ACCESS PANEL IN OPENED POSITION, FOR A BETTER VIEUW IN THE "OFFICE". NOTE ACCESS LADDER "THE OFFICE" THE EDUARD BOMB BAY. ALWAYS OPEN AFTER THE AIRCRAFT WAS SHUT DOWN. FRONTAL VIEUW OF THIS BEAUTIFUL AIRCRAFT. NETHERLANDS NAVY STENCILS AND THE ROUNDELS. (EXCELLENT DECALS IN THE REVELL BOX) IF ANY QUESTIONS ARISE, JUST SHOOT. FOR MORE PICTURES SEE " THE AIRLINERS NET " SEE ALSO THE GROUP BUILD OF THE NEPTUNES IN "WORK IN PROGRESS" REGARDS FROM THE NETHERLANDS, ORION.-