McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet – Nightmare 01, 409 Sqn, Canadian AF 2006
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3537: McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet serial 188761 “Nightmare 01” of 409 Squadron, Canadian Air Force, CFB Cold Lake, Canada, 2006
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box is not totally perfect with the odd very light edge scuff. Model is new
CF-18A Hornet 188761 was delivered on April 10, 1986 and operated with 439 Squadron in Europe. In 1987 the aircraft suffered damage but was repaired and returned to service. In 1995 188761 returned to Canada with the 441 TFS at CFB Cold Lake. In 2004 the aircraft was again damaged and returned to service. On July 6, 2006 416 Squadron and 441 TFSs consolidated forming 409 Nighthawk Squadron and 188761 received a special 409 Squadron scheme, “Nightmare 01” to commemorate the occasion.
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.