The Westland Lysander might not have been a successful combat machine, but it's very distinctive and graceful shape make it both unique and interesting. Like other British Army Air co-operation aircraft it was given the name of a mythical or legendary leader, in this case the Spartan general "Lysander". The Lysander was the first British combat airplane stationed in France during World War II but was soon found to be vulnerable and an easy target for the German Luftwaffe because of its relatively slow speed. After the evacuation at Dunkirk it's combat missions were relegated to the more suited P-40's and Hawker Huracane's. With it's exceptional short and rough field performance, the Lysander was widely used for special clandestine night missions to place and recover agents and supplies behind enemy lines in occupied Europe. In this role the aircraft served until the end of hostilities, thus deserving itself a rightful place in aviation history. There were 1,786 Lysanders built with approximately 20 surviving today mostly in museums. Only 2 are known to be airworthy.

This plane is made from Sunkist Solar Fusion Cans but can be made from any 12 or 16 oz Beverage Can.

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