McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet – 7 Sqn, RAAF, Williamtown, Australia, 2007
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3503: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet A21-48 of 7 Sqn, RAAF, Williamtown, Australia, 2007. Now really hard to find
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
F/A-18A A21-48/AF48 was delivered to the RAAF on August 18, 1989. The aircraft had flown in action against terrorism from Diego Garcia in early 2002 and returned to Williamtown on May 22, 2002. During this deployment A21-48 was shared half the time by either 77 or 3 Squadrons. The aircraft wore the tail markings of the corresponding squadron each time. A21-48 was in service with No 77 Squadron and wore their “Grumpy Monkey” crest until March 2007 when it became part of Green Lions Display Team.
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.