Dragon Models 1/72 scale 50064: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet NE101
of VFA-2 Bounty Hunters, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2004
Length 10 inches Wingspan 7.5 inches
VFA-2, the Bounty Hunters, is the Carrier Air Wing 2’s air superiority and interceptor squadron. VFA-2 is based at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. On 6 October, 2003, VFA-2 took delivery of its first F/A-18F. The transition to the new aircraft took only four and a half months, the shortest time ever for a Tomcat to Super Hornet transition. With the Constellation being decommissioned, VFA-2 was reassigned to the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) to deploy with CVW-2.
The multi-mission F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” strike fighter is an upgrade of the combat-proven night strike F/A-18C/D. The Super Hornet will provide the battle group commander with a platform that has range, endurance, and ordnance carriage capabilities comparable to the A-6 which have been retired. The F/A-18E/F aircraft are 4.2 feet longer than earlier Hornets, have a 25% larger wing area, and carry 33% more internal fuel which will effectively increase mission range by 41% and endurance by 50%. The Super Hornet also incorporates two additional weapon stations. This allows for increased payload flexibility by mixing and matching air-to-air and/or air-to-ground ordnance. The aircraft can also carry the complete complement of “smart” weapons, including the newest joint weapons such as JDAM and JSOW.
Designed as a replacement for the A-4 Skyhawk and the A-7 Corsair II and as a complement to the F-14 Tomcat, the F/A-18 first flew on November 18, 1978. Perhaps best known as the aircraft of the US Navy’s Blue Angels, this carrier-capable, supersonic, all-weather fighter has many roles, including fighter escort, fleet air defense and close air support. The F/A-18 is a versatile aircraft: it can operate from carriers or land bases and a single switch converts it from fighter to strike mode. During Operation Desert Storm, the F/A-18 proved that, on a single mission, one aircraft could serve as both fighter and a bomber.