|Length||18.4 cm||7.2 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||12.6 cm||5.0 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
Herpa Wings HE580458 – 1/72 Scale Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet E, EAC 00.314 “Christian Martell”, Armée de l’Air
Herpa Wings diecast model HE5804584 replicates in 1/72 scale the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet E of École de L’Aviation de Chasse 314 “Christian Martell” (EAC 00.314: Hunting Aviation School 314), Armée de l’Air (French Air Force).
École de L’Aviation de Chasse 314 “Christian Martell” was a French Air Force Fighter Pilot Training School located at Tours Saint Symphorien Air Base, Indre-et-Loire, France. Formed in 1961 and operated the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet from 1979 until replaced by the Pilatus PC-21 in 2018. In September 2020, EAC 00.314, merged with École de Pilotage de l’Armée de l’Air 315 “Général Jarry”( EPAA 00.315) to form l’école de l’aviation de chasse 00.315 “Christian Martell”.
Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet
The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet is a French/German twin-engine, tandem-seat monoplane light attack and advanced trainer jet. On October 26, 1973, the maiden flight took place, entering operational service on January 30, 1979, with the de l’Armée de l’Air. The Alpha Jet has served with several nations and saw combat with the Nigerian Air Forces in Liberia.
Manufactured in several variants, the main two were the -E trainer version for the French air force and the -A attack version for the German air force. Production ended in 1991 with 512 airframes built.
Airframe construction is all metal, mainly aluminium alloy. The fuselage is a semi-monocoque structure; engine air intakes are located on each side of the fuselage sides under the wings. The cantilevered unswept wings are shoulder-mounted, swept-back with anhedral. The tail assembly is also swept-back with a single fin and anhedral tailplanes. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type.
Two SNECMA Turbomeca Larzac turbofan engines power the Alpha Jet, mounted side by side in the rear of the fuselage. Giving the aircraft a maximum speed of 1,000 km/h (620 mph), a range of 610 km (380 mi) and a service ceiling of 14,630 m (48,000 ft).
Armament consists of one 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon or 30 mm DEFA cannon in an under-fuselage pod. Five external hardpoints can carry up to 2,500 kgs (5,512 lbs) of stores: two under each wing and one under the fuselage. Ordnance included air-to-air missiles, bombs, rockets and drop tanks.