McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet – #J-5011, 11 Staffel Tigers, Swiss Air Force, Meiringen AB, Switzerland 2020
2 in stock
2 in stock
Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3598: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet #J-5011 of 11 Staffel Tigers, Swiss Air Force, Meiringen AB, Switzerland, 2020. Production run of 850 models.
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
The home base for Fliegerstaffel 11 (Fighter Squadron 11) (Tigers) is Meiringen AB. Although Switzerland isn’t a member of NATO Fliegerstaffel 11 is a member of the NATO Tiger Association and takes part in their Tiger Meets. Fliegerstaffel 11 became a full member in 1991. In 2004 a decision was made to give an F/A -18C a permanent special tiger scheme with the honor going to J-5011. During normal operation J-5011 is flown by the squadron commander and if the Solo Display aircraft is from Fliegerstaffel 11 the aircraft will be J-5011.
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.