The Transall C.160 was a joint venture German and French short tale off and landing freighter designed for military use.
The C.160G is a specially converted Electronic Intelligence gathering version used by the French Air Force.
In 1959 German and French aircraft manufacturing companies formed the Transporter Allianze to design and build a short take off and landing cargo aeroplane for their military services.
The first C.160 flew in 1963 and 160 were manufactured, the last in 1972.
In 1977 the French Air Force ordered another 50 C.160NGs with some enhancements including aerial refuelling. Some of these were converted to special purposes including two fitted to gather electronic intelligence with a large number of external antennas. They served in the Gulf War.
This model represents a C.160G of the 54th Escardre Electronique Tactique (EE) Armee de l’Air, at Metz in 1993
Heller 1/72 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in June 2002.