Mach 2 1/72 Leduc 022, GP003

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Mach 2 1/72 Leduc 022, GP003 plastic model kit

1/72 GP003 Mach 2 Leduc 022

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

The final development of Rene Leduc's 1950s experiments with RamJet Power. The first experimental were the un-powered 010; these were the first aircraft to fly on ramjet power alone. Several accidentally later, the program still showed promise so larger aircraft were built: the 021 and 022. The 021s completed their tests, and the unique 022 then flew 141 times. It has a centrally mounted turbo jet so it could take off on it's own power; 021 and 010 were carried aloft by a mother ship (Se-161). The turbojet in the 022 would accelerate it to ramjet operation speed. Fuel was stored in the round fuselage, but the ramjet consumed fuel so quickly that you had 10 minutes at the most at full power. The program was cancelled in 1958 and Rene Leduc did not build further aircraft. Still factory sealed.

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