GAF Jindivik Mk 303A
And now to something completely different…a drone! In 1948 development begun in Australia to find a suitable unmanned aircraft for missile test purposes. In 1950 a manned prototype called Pika was flown for the first time and the unmanned GAF Jindivik Mk 1 lifted to the air two years later. The Jindivik was radio controlled from the ground but many times followed by an aircraft to ensure the mission. In Sweden this was done by a DH Venom. Through its lifetime it was changed very little, the most obvious to be the air intake. Two different wing tips and a few smaller camera pods could be added to the wings depending of the desired operating altitude and mission. It was used by UK, Australia, Sweden an USA. The Jindivik was launched from a tri-cycle trolley and landed on an extended skid as can be seen on the photos above.
According to airport-data.com this is a composite made up of a number of airframes
“Was located at Rohrlach Collection, Tanunda South Australia. Now on display at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield Airport SA. Supposed to be a composite of A92-427, A92-520, A92-523, A92-524, A92-526, A92-528, WRE-529, A92-601 and A92-610.” A year ago it was suspended under the ceiling but is now down on the ground, much more accessible.
There is a resin model from Alley Cat in 1/48 that I would like to lay my hands on as I think this is such a great little machine. If one wants to try out the Jindivik in a smaller scale there is also the High Planes Models in 1/72.
If anyone feel like owning the full scale original the CJFM example is for sale at AUD 12 000.
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