McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Advanced Super Hornet – US Navy, Maiden Flight August 5th 2013
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA5118: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Advanced Super Hornet of the US Navy, Maiden Flight August 5th 2013. Production run of 800 models.
Length 10 inches Wingspan 7.5 inches
Please note: This version of the model includes conformal fuel tanks, a center-line weapons pod and a pair of AIM 9X Sidewinder missiles. No other weapons are included.
On August 5, 2013 the F/A-18F Advanced Super Hornet prototype (BuNo 168492) completed its maiden flight. Produced by Boeing and Northrop Grumman the ASH received engines increasing performance from 22,000 pounds to 26,400 pounds of thrust per engine. Conformal fuel tanks were added to carry 3,500 pounds of fuel. There is provision for an Enclosed Weapons Pod (EWP) carrying 2,500 pounds of weapons internally and the cockpit is updated. The aircraft was given a special paint to reduce radar cross-section making it more stealthy and capable of performing well into the 2030s.
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.