.: Jamie McDonald's Esci 1/48th RAAF Fiat G.91 "Gina"

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Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Fiat G.91

 No. 23 (City of Brisbane) Sqn, 1975

The Fiat G.91 was selected by the RAAF to fill the role of advanced trainer and lightweight strike fighter in 1959. The main operator was to be the five squadrons of the Citizen’s Air Force (RAAF Reserve) where it replaced the De Havilland Vampire.
The G.91 was selected for ease of production as it followed similar construction methods to the CAC Sabre.  It was built by CAC at Fishermans Bend, Melbourne with a total of 88 being produced.
Three models were operated from 1962 until 1982: the R1B (4 x .50 cal machine guns), the R3B ((2 x30mm ADEN cannons) and the G-91T/3 two-seat trainer.  All models were AIM-9 Sidewinder capable.  Australian production also included minor changes to the avionics and a strengthened landing gear.
The G.91 had been designed with the lessons of WW2 in mind; it was easily serviced and maintained in the field and was capable of using rough airfields close to the frontline. The US Army actually evaluated the G.91 in the early 60’s, but any possible future purchase was vetoed by the USAF who objected to the army’s use of fixed wing aircraft.

Crew:  1
Length:  10.3 m (33 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 8.56 m (28 ft 1 in)
Height:  4.0 m (13 ft 1 in)
Wing area: 16.4 m² (177 ft²)
Empty weight:  3,100 kg (6,830 lb)
Loaded weight:  5,440 kg (11,990 lb)
Max.  takeoff weight:  5,500 kg (12,100 lb)
Powerplant:  1 × Bristol Siddeley Orpheus 803 turbojet, 22.2 kN (5,000 lbs)
Maximum speed:  1,075 km/h (668 mph)
Range:  1,150 km (715 mi)
Service ceiling:  13,100 m (43,000 ft)
Rate of climb:  30 m/s (6,000 ft/min)
Wing loading:  331 kg/m² (67.8 lb/ft²)
Thrust/weight:  0.42
Guns: 4× 12.7 mm (0.50 in) M2 Browning machine gunsor
2× 30 mm (1.18 in) ADEN cannons 
4 x hard-points : 680 kg/1,500 lb

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