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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA4542
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle Diecast Model
USAF, #76-0084 Celestial Eagle, Edwards AFB, CA, Anti-Satellite Test, September 1985, w/ASM-135 ASAT Missile

Limited Edition

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle   10.75"   7.25"


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The ASM-135 Anti-Satellite Missile was designed to be launched from an F-15A in a supersonic zoom climb. After completing a successful captive carry test in 1982, President Reagan authorized a test against a satellite. The target was the Solwind P78-1, an orbiting solar observatory that was launched on 24 February 1979.

On 13 September 1985, Maj. Wilbert D. "Doug" Pearson, flying the "Celestial Eagle" F-15A 76-0084 launched an ASM-135 ASAT about 200 miles west of Vandenberg Air Force Base and destroyed the Solwind P78-1 satellite flying at an altitude of 555 kilometres (345 mi). Prior to the launch, the F-15 - flying at Mach 1.22 - executed a 3.8g zoom climb at an angle of 65 degrees. The ASM-135 was automatically launched at 11,600 metres (38,100 ft) while the F-15 was flying at Mach 0.934. After staging, the missile deployed a Miniature Homing Vehicle (MHV) Interceptor. The 14 kilogram (30 lb) MHV collided with the 910 kilogram (2,000 lb) Solwind P78-1 satellite at closing velocity of 24,000 kilometres per hour (15,000 mph; 6.7 km/s).

The United States Air Force planned to deploy an operational force of 112 ASM-135 missiles. It intended to modify 20 F-15A fighters from the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron based at McChord Air Force Base in Washington and the 48th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron based at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia for the anti-satellite mission. Both squadrons had airframes modified to support the ASM-135 by the time the project was cancelled in 1988.

McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle

Designed to meet US Air Force requirements for an air superiority fighter to replace the F-4 Phantom, the F-15 Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972. Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas's design in 1969 to meet the service's need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. Since entering service in 1976, it is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat, with the majority of the kills by the Israeli Air Force.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F-15 is produced with a high metal content using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. The model features near seamless construction as seen on all Hobby Master products, and this is particularly evident with the tight-fitting conformal fuel tanks present on the F-15E variant. Separate open and closed canopy and speed brakes are included, yielding uncompromising detail that functional hinges would lack at this scale. Other fine features include a detailed cockpit interior, a variety of ordnance and drop tanks appropriate to the paint-scheme and landing gear that constructed as completed subassemblies for easy installation.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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