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Bronco Models
1/72 DFS230B-1 Light Assault Glider
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SCALE: 1:72
ANNOUNCED ON: 12/6/2016
EST ARRIVAL: April 2017
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In 1936, the German military put forward the idea of the direct use of a glider to transport combat troops, and then put forward the concept of an "assault glider". Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug (DFS) in 1937 successfully developed three prototypes. The military immediately procured a volume (military project code DFS-230), and it became the Luftwaffe standard light assault glider, the first type, DFS-230A. The glider used a high wing monoplane design with a hybrid support structure and a rectangular steel tube fuselage structure that was low cost and easy to produce. The aircraft could accommodate 8 heavily armed soldiers and 2 pilots. It could also be towed by a variety of Luftwaffe aircraft, as on take-off it left the take-off gear and used a center-line skid under the fuselage for landing. The improved B, based on the DFS-230A, was equipped with an umbrella for deceleration in the air. It was used as an enemy avoidance tactic device. The Type B-1 aircraft could have an MG-15 machine gun installed in the back of the cockpit for self-defense or ground defense. Some B types had field modifications at the end of the aircraft with infantry using the MG-34 machine guns to further strengthen firepower. DFS230-B type final output was 1020 units. DFS-230 opened successfully on the May 10, 1940 raid of Belgian Fort Eben Emael. It also had participated in the battle of Crete, and a number of other airborne operations. After the fall of the German airborne troops, DFS-230 appeared mostly as a transport plane. Until the end of the war, the German army still retained some of the aircraft.