|UNITS:||Available in 1/32 and 1/48 scale. 1/32 set includes vinyl paint masks for markings and canopy detonation cord.|
The motion to purchase of an advanced trainer
by the Swiss Air Force was initiated in the early 1980’s. After a thorough
investigation of the most suitable types available at the time, which included
the French Alpha Jet, the decision was made to purchase the
Externally this type is very similar to the T1A used by the RAF, most memorably those of the Red Arrows.
To permit live weapon training with cannon
firing, the Mk.66 was equipped with a centreline belly pod housing a 30 mm
Of the 20 ordered the 1st
aircraft, U-1251 (U= Übungsgerät
or Trainer), was assembled at the
was formally handed over to the Swiss Air Force on
The remaining 19 aircraft were
assembled from knock-down elements at Emmen, close to Luzern, with the last
aircraft being delivered on
As stated, the Hawk only had a
brief service with the Swiss Air Force, and without much public fanfare (in
contrast to the DH Vampire or Hawker Hunter) the type was quietly withdrawn in
2002. Of the 19 remaining aircraft,
18 were sold to
The ostensible reason for the types withdrawal
was that technology had advanced so fast, that with the introduction of the
F/A-18C Hornet, the rather old fashioned cockpit of the Hawk meant that it was
not suitable as direct introductory trainer. This task could be achieved more
cost effectively using a modern glass cockpit equipped
For this decal set, which ideally
complements Revell’s new 1/32 Hawk kit, Robert Schneider of MC-
The Hawk Mk.66 may have had a brief service in the Swiss alps, but it was a uniquely colourful variant, and in model form, will be an attractive addition to any collection. These decals are the ideal partner for such a venture.
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