Royal En­field goes to war

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Pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the British Min­istry of De­fence, the Royal En­field Clas­sic 500 Pe­ga­sus Edition was re­cently launched at the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, Dux­ford, UK. Royal En­field has been in di­rect ser­vice to the armed forces through­out its ex­is­tence. This le­gacy con­tin­ued when the leg­endary Royal En­field Bul­let went into ser­vice with the In­dian Army in the early 1950s and was im­me­di­ately de­ployed to some of the harsh­est and most test­ing ter­rain in the world. It still serves there to­day.

At the height of the Sec­ond World War, Royal En­field made a re­silient 125cc mo­tor­cy­cle de­signed to be de­ployed be­hind en­emy lines via para­chutes and on-board the Horsa Glider air­craft to pro­vide com­mu­ni­ca­tions sup­port and quick mo­bil­ity for the for­ward units of the Air­borne Pe­ga­sus Reg­i­ment, across key op­er­a­tions such as D-Day and Market Gar­den. Of­fi­cially des­ig­nated the ‘WD/RE 125’ it was more fondly re­called as ‘The Fly­ing Flea’ by the men who rode it be­hind en­emy lines, con­stantly un­der fire, lightly equipped and of­ten fac­ing the very best of the en­emy. Adorned with the es­teemed ‘Pe­ga­sus’ in­signia, the Clas­sic 500 Pe­ga­sus Edition bears tes­ti­mony to the leg­endary ‘Fly­ing Flea’ and sto­ries of the men who rode it. Avail­able in two colours Ser­vice Brown and Olive Green, this com­mem­o­ra­tive model is be­ing man­u­fac­tured in a lim­ited pro­duc­tion run of 1000 units world­wide. The Clas­sic 500 Pe­ga­sus Edition is ex­pected to be avail­able in Aust./NZ from July 2018. For more info go to royalen­field.com.au/mod­els/pe­ga­sus/

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