Original Cold War U.S. 1950s Air Force Recognition Model Airplane Set- C-133 and C-123B Cargo Planes

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Original Items: Only Ones Available. 1950s U.S. Military Identification models of the C-133 Cargomaster (dated March, 1957 under the wing) & C-123B Provider (dated November 1956 under the wing).. Constructed of a durable synthetic material. Overall in excellent condition, with some expected wear to the surfaces and markings here and there. Wingspan measures approximately 14”  on the C-133, while the fuselage length is 12.5”. The Provider’s approximate measurements are 9”x6.5”

During World War Two there was a mass of teaching materials used by the armed forces to train gunners and aircrew in the identification of aircraft, ships and ground vehicles. The ability of servicemen to identify "friend or foe" in an instant was crucial to combat survival and the subject of recognition was taught in just about every World War II service school. These “recognition models” (also known as “ID” or “spotter” models) were seen as critical to the war effort. Some were detailed for use in educational films or for marking identification, but many were simply painted black to simulate a silhouette. These helped familiarize observers with the outlines of planes from all possible angles.  The tradition of using Identification models has continued to the present day.
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