Kit #AA2075. 1/72 scale. This is
a highly-detailed resin kit of the Douglas
XF6D-1 Missileer, and comes complete with decals. While the Missileer was
not produced, even in prototype form, the systems it required to succeed
included the Grumman Hawkeye AWACS – which is still in service – as well as the
TF-30 turbofan engine, along with radar systems and long-range missiles which
lead to the development of the Phoenix missile system.
In 1957, the U.S. Navy – faced with
the threat of Soviet attack bombers with high subsonic speeds and potential
supersonic “dash” capabilities, and armed with strike missiles which might be
nuclear-tipped – ordered development of a new-concept fleet defense fighter. This
would be a large subsonic interceptor with a powerful radar, six-hour loiter
time on station and very long range high speed air-to-air missiles. In 1958,
Bendix and Grumman were selected as contractors for the AAM-N-10 Eagle missile. A year later the Douglas XF6D-1 Missileer design was chosen as the launch platform,
and two prototypes were ordered. The XF6D-1 had a breakthrough Westinghouse AN/APQ-81 pulse-doppler
radar system, the world’s first track-while-scan radar system designed for
fighters. In 1960, the Navy became convinced that the XF6D-1 was too vulnerable
as a fighter – helpless once it launched its missiles. The XF6D-1 and Eagle
missiles were both canceled in December of 1960, before the plane was built and
before any XAAM-N-10 prototypes could be tested.
However, the idea of a long-range
fleet-defense interceptor was realized later with the F-14 Tomcat and the AAM-N-11/AIM-54
quantities are available from remaining Anigrand stock! ORDER NOW before the Missileer
TAKES OFF into the wild blue yonder!