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Lysander

Westland Lysander Airplane Models

Discover our selection of diecast models of the Westland Lysander - Expertly Crafted, Historically Unique, and Collectible Aircraft Models.

The Westland Lysander was a British army co-operation and liaison aircraft, famous for its exceptional short-field performance. It was initially employed for reconnaissance and observation duties during World War II. With its high-wing, fixed-gear design, the Lysander was notable for being able to land and take off from makeshift, short runways close to the front lines.

One of the most notable roles of the Lysander was in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) missions, where it was used for clandestine operations, including inserting and extracting agents behind enemy lines. This extraordinary role earned the Lysander a special place in aviation history. Variants like the Lysander Mk III, equipped with long-range fuel tanks and a fixed ladder for agent operations, were specifically modified for these missions. The aircraft's unique blend of operational roles, from artillery spotting to covert operations, along with its distinctive design, make it a subject of great interest for military aviation enthusiasts and model collectors, particularly those with an interest in the unconventional aspects of air warfare during WWII.