McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle – 493th FS Grim Reapers USAF, RAF Lakenheath 2014
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA4560: McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle 84-0027, USAF 493th FS, RAF Lakenheath, 2014. Production run of only 650 models.
Length 10.75 inches Wingspan 7.25 inches
The 493rd Fighter Squadron “Grim Reapers” 48th FW relocated to RAF Lakenheath, England in January 1960 equipped with the F-100 Super Sabre. Their mission was to provide Air-To-Air offence and defence missions in support of USAF and NATO operations. In 1972 the 493rd re-equipped with the F-4 Phantom II until 1977 when they traded the F-4 for the F-111. In 1994 the new F-15C Eagle arrived with 24 aircraft assigned to the 493rd FS. F-15C 84-0027 wears two stars denoting the IrAF Mirage and MiG-23 it shot down in 1991 Operation Desert Storm.
In 1967 the U.S. became aware of the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. This made it necessary to develop a new aircraft to counter the MiG-25. The USAF rejected the USN F-14 Tomcat and issued its own requirements. The solution came in the form of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. The F-15A made its inaugural flight in July 1972 and in January 1976 the first Eagle entered service. The “E” entered service in 1989. The F-15 was the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre.