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Skill level 4. The carrier-borne Fairey Gannet, designed for anti-submarine duty, made its first flight in 1949 and was the first aircraft in the world to fly with a coupled jet turbine power unit with counter-rotating propeller. It was also the first turbo-prop aircraft that could land on an aircraft carrier and the first aircraft of the British Fleet Air Arm capable of both combat and search operations. The Gannet AS went into service with the FAA in January 1955 and was stationed on aircraft carriers. In 1958, the newly formed Federal German Navy received 15 of the more powerful Gannet AS4s that were equipped with a 3,035 shp engine. In June 1966, the Gannet said goodbye to the Nordholz MFG3 station, finally to be replaced by the Breguet Atlantique.Model Details: 1:72 scale, contains 99 parts, 187 mm length and 230 mm Wingspan.