1/48 Trumpeter USN KA-3B

Gallery Article by Andreas Gordes, ARC member 'Goggo’ on Aug 4 2016



1/48 Trumpeter USN KA-3B Long Distance Record Flight

In July 1975 this particular aircraft US Navy KA-3B Bu/No 147648 of CVWR 20 Fleet Reserve squadron VAQ-208 performed the longest ever non-stop flight of a carrier based aircraft. In a 13 hour flight this Skywarrior flew over a distance of 6.100 miles.

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The pilot was Lt. George Sigler accompanied by Lt. Mike Grant and Fred Carrigan. Sigler became also famous when he decided to cross the Pacific together with another sailor in a rubber dinghy. After 56 days they reached Hawaii. His experience was written down in his book ‘Experiment in Survival’.

Today George Sigler runs very successful a major flight school, guess what the name is … ‘Skywarrior’.

The model shown will go to Pensacola. It picks up a display stand rod through the refueling receptacle. This rod has been retouched in one picture! Thank you and have fun!

Andreas Gordes, ARC member ‘Goggo’

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Photos and text © by Andreas Gordes, ARC member ‘Goggo’