Mitsubishi F-2B 2 seater – 21st Sqn 4th AW, JASDF, Matsushima AB, Japan
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA2702: Mitsubishi F-2B 2 seater of the 21st Sqn., 4th Air Wing, Japanese ASDF from Matsushima A.B. Production of 1,500 pieces.
Length 8.5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box lid has some monor imperfections. Model is new
The 21st Squadron of the 4th Wing (21 Hikotai, 4 Kokudan) is based at Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi Prefecture. It is a Flying Training Command unit that is part of the JASDF system. The Flying Training Command is responsible for basic flying and technical training. Originally there had been 47 F-2Bs ordered but that has been reduced along with a reduction in the original 83 F-2As. High cost overruns and the poor world economy was cited as the main factors for the cuts.
Designed as a strike fighter for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the Mitsubishi F-2 was first flown on October 7, 1995. Manufactured with a 60/40 split between Japan and the US, the F-2 is a cooperative production effort between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin. Based on an enlarged version of the F-16 (known as the Agile Falcon), the F-2 replaced the aging Mitsubishi F-1. The Japanese ordered 94 F-2s between 2000 and 2008, and in July of 2010 ordered an additional 50. Armed with ASM-1 and ASM-2 anti-ship missiles, this capable aircraft can also carry 500lb bombs and drop tanks with a 4,400kg fuel capacity.
It might look like an F-16 but the Mitsubishi F-2 is a completely new fighter. The general shape may say F-16 and a few things that the F-2 and the F-16 have common are the engine, landing gear, air intake door and the 20 mm gun. But the F-2 has a longer and wider nose to accommodate phased-array radar with 25% larger wing. It is made from a composite material to reduce weight and radar signature, a larger tail plane and larger air intake. The pilot canopy is a stronger three-piece construction. The F-2 is equipped with a drogue chute just like the NATO version of the F-16. The single seat fighter is the F-2A while the two seat version (F-2B) is a trainer that is fully combat capable.