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USAF E4B, Advance Airborne Command 75-0125 Gemini Diecast Display Model  

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Gemini 200 1:200 G2AFO1098
USAF E4B, Advance Airborne Command 75-0125 Gemini Diecast Display Model

Historical Note:


One of the rarer aircraft that the US Air Force (USAF) operates is the E-4B Advanced Airborne Command Post, with the first example entering service in 1974. There are only four of these Boeing 747 aircraft in existence, and they remain on hand to act as survivable airborne command posts for the US President and Secretary of Defense. The E-4B is based on a Boeing 747-200 airframe, and it can stay aloft via an aerial refueling system. All four E-4Bs are operated by the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron (1ACCS) of the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force base in Omaha, Nebraska. These aircraft are hardened against electromagnetic pulses (EMP) caused by nuclear blasts, plus they have nuclear- and thermal-effects shielding. Valued at USD250 million each, the E-4B fleet began undergoing an upgrade in 2005. A mission requires at least 48 crewmen, and one aircraft is on alert 24 hours a day ready for a national emergency. The E-4B's unique electronic and communications capabilities ensure it will remain in service until at least 2015, despite the threat of nuclear war receding.

Designed as a militarized version of the Boeing 747 to serve as an Advanced Airborne Command Post, the E-4 was first flown in 1974. The aircraft is designed to survive the Electromagnetic Pulse generated by a Nuclear weapon detonation and is equipped with the latest in electronic countermeasures equipment.

Gemini's 1:200 scale Boeing 747 is an exceptionally large and heavy model in this scale (over two pounds) and is constructed almost entirely of solid diecast metal. The extra wide-body fuselage, with its wonderfully sculpted nose section, features all around seamless construction with pad-printed windows and doors. The model is supported on an all metal fixed landing gear with soft rubber tires and a steerable nose wheel. The solid metal wings are constructed as a single unit, and then carefully fitted to the fuselage. They feature accurately replicated flap track fairings at the rear and free spinning highly detailed fan blades inside each engine nacelles.

The Gemini Jets "Gemini 200" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of civilian and military aircraft in 1:200 scale. Prized by collectors worldwide, Gemini define the benchmark by which other 1:200 aircraft brands are judged.

Gemini Jets "Gemini 200" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction, including wings and tail surfaces.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Permanently extended metal landing gear with rolling rubber tires.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

Info: USAF E4B, Advance Airborne Command 75-0125 Gemini Diecast Display Model 

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