At the beginning of the 1950’s the Royal Air Force accessed that the threat to Western Europe lay with high flying Soviet bombers. The proposed solution was a rocket powered point defence interceptor that could quickly climb to an altitude of 60,000ft, and once the target had been shot down, glide back to its base. This was soon realized to be unrealistic, so the requirement was amended to include a small jet engine in order to safely recover the aircraft. Draft specification was issued under F.124T covering a rocket fighter capable of meeting OR.301. The design was tendered to Bristol, Blackburn, Fairey, A.V. Roe, Westland and later Saunders Roe. In 1952 A.V Roe were issued a development contract for a full-scale test airframe to specification F.137D for their design, the Avro 720, in competition with the Saunders Roe SR.53.
The first prototype XD696 was reported to be nearing completion for its first flight by 1956 (although no photo’s exist, those that are available are of the mock-up carrying the same serial), however the ambitious project was cancelled and the two partially completed airframes were scrapped.
This is a detailed 1/72 scale resin cast kit, with white metal undercarriage and vacform canopy parts by Rob Taurus and screen printed decals for projected prototype and operational RAF options. This kit will be available from 25th September 2018, limited to an initial batch of thirty kits only.