Hobby Master HA3529
1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Diecast Model s/n 164048, VFA-94 “Mighty Shrikes”, 400 NH, USN
Embarked with CVW-11 on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Operation Enuring Freedom, 2001-2002.
- Wingspan 17.0 cm 6.70 in Approx.
- Length 24.0 cm 9.45 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA3529 – 1/72 Scale F/A-18C Hornet Diecast Model.
1/72 Scale Air Power Series.
Hobby Master HA3529 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet. In the colour scheme and markings of F/A-18C, s/n 164048. Assigned to VFA-94 “Mighty Shrikes”, US Navy as 400 NH. Deployed with CVW-11 aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during Operation Enduring Freedom, October 2001 – January 2002 .
VFA-94″Mighty Shrikes” is an active fighter squadron of the United States Navy, stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. Flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW 17), tail code NA.
VF-94 established at NAS Alameda, California on March 26, 1952, flying the Vought F4U Corsair. Transitioned to the F9F-5 Panther in September 1953. In January 1955 moved to NAS Moffett Field and in February transitioned to the FJ-3M Fury.
Transitioned to the F9F Cougar in November 1955. Flew various models of the FJ-3 Fury from June 1957 until 1959. Re-designated VA-94 in August 1958 and moved to NAS Alameda. In January 1959 transitioned to the A-4 Skyhawk. Moved to NAS Lemoore, California in March 1962. Completed seven deployments to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Twice aboard USS Ranger (CVA-61), then in October 1965 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-9. Completed four combat deployments aboard USS Hancock (CVA-19) and USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) with CVW-5.
In February 1971, transitioned to the A-7 Corsair II and assigned to CVW-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). Deployed aboard USS Enterprise to the Mediterranean in 1986 for three months in support of operations against Libya. During 1988, supported Operations Earnest Will and Praying Mantis and in December 1989 Operation Classic Resolve. Transitioned to the F/A-18C Hornet in June 1990, re-designated VFA-94 on January 1, 1991. In May deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) to the Persian Gulf following the war in Iraq. Supported Operation Southern Watch in June 1993 and Operation Vigilant Sentinel during 1995.
Deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in October 1996 in support of Operation Southern Watch. Supported Operation Desert Fox while aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in 13 May 1997,and again in November 1998. On October 7, 2001 deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, returned home in January 2002. Deployed in March 2003 and again in May 2005, aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) with CVW-11 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Transition to the F/A-18F Super Hornet from September 2015 to March of 2016.
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is an American carrier-capable, all-weather multi-role fighter. Powered by twin turbofans and capable of supersonic speeds. Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop for the US Navy’s VFAX program. Developed from the YF-17, it first flew on November 1978 and entered service in 1983. Northrop partnered with McDonnell Douglas for their expertise in carrier aircraft. The two companies shared component manufacturing, with final assembly by McDonnell Douglas. McDonnell Douglas the prime contractor for naval versions and Northrop air force versions. After a series of lawsuits McDonnell Douglas payed Northrop $50 million for the design rights in 1985.
Originally designed in three variants, the single seat F-18A fighter, A-18A attack and two seat TF-18A. The TF-18 had full mission capability with a reduced fuel load. Improvements in avionics and a redesign enabled the combining of the A-18A and F-18A into one aircraft. On April 1, 1984 the designation changed to F/A-18A/B. The first production F/A-18A flew on April 12, 1980. The naval F-18 differs from the YF-17 with a strengthened air-frame and tailhook. Enlarged folding wings and stabilators. Catapult attachments, widened and strengthened landing gear. Increased fuel capacity, wider aft fuselage and front of engines canted outwards.
The F/A-18 is a multi-mission tactical aircraft. Powered by two General Electric F404 turbofans, giving a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,915 km/h, 1,190 mph). The engine air inlets are of a fixed design limiting the speed to below Mach 2. Highly maneuverable with a high thrust to weight ratio. Features include a digital fly by wire system with quadruple-redundancy. Fore-body vortex-control strakes, generating extra lift and allowing greater angles of attack. Canted vertical stabilizers, trailing edge flaperons, full-length leading edge slats. One the first aircraft to use multi-function displays, enabling the pilot to alternate between fighter and attack modes. Requires half the maintenance time of predecessors, reducing running costs and downtime. Avionics are easily upgraded with the digital multiplexing avionics bus.
From May 1988 the strakes had a small vertical fence added to the top. These enlarged the vortices and direct them away from the vertical stabilizers. Re-designated F/A-18C/D after a major upgrade during 1987. Incorporating new radar, avionics and missiles. Such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM, AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-8 Harpoon. Other improvements included a new ejection seat, self-protection jammer and ground mapping radar. In 1992 some F/A-18As were upgraded with the AN/APG-73 radar and designation F/A-18A+.
1989 saw the addition of the AN/AAR-50 thermal navigation pod. Along with the AN/AAS-38 NITE Hawk FLIR forward-looking infrared array targeting pod. Together with night vision goggles compatibility, full-color multi-function display and a colour moving map.
The F/A-18D are either trainers or all-weather strike aircraft. The strike aircraft’s rear seat is equipment for a Weapons and Sensors Officer. The primary user is the US Marine Corps for night attack and FAC roles. Production of the C/D Variants ended in 2000. The last F/A-18C going to Finland and the last F/A-18D to the USMC.
The F-18 has 9 hard-points, four under the wings, two on the wingtips and 3 under the fuselage. A 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon in the nose. Able to carry air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles. Bombs include precision-guided munition (PGMs), unguided, nuclear and cluster. Pods include decoy/chaff dispenser, ECM, Navigation and targeting.
E/F/G Super Hornet.
The F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are similar looking to the original F/A-18, but have undergone extensive redesign. Larger and more advanced, larger rectangular shaped air intakes, more powerful GE F414 turbofans and upgraded avionics. The F/A-18F carries a second crew member, a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO). It is in service with the US Navy and Australian air force. The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare version of the F/A-18F and replaced the EA-6B Prowler.
United States Service.
The Hornet first entered operational service in January 1983 with VMFA-314 and VFA-25 in March 1984. Deploying for the first time in February 1985 with VFA-25 and VFA-113 as part of CVW-14 embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64). The US Navy’s Blue Angels changed to the Hornet in 1986. NASA operates several Hornets for research and chase aircraft. The US Navy expects the Hornet to stay in service until replaced by the F-35C Lightning II.
The F/A-18 first saw combat in April 1986. Flying missions against Libyan air defenses during Operation Prairie Fire and El Dorado Canyon. During the 1991 Operation Desert Storm the Hornet demonstrated its versatility. Downing enemy fighters and them bombing enemy targets on the same mission. Both US Navy and US Marine Hornets participated in Operation Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. US Navy Hornets participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
The F/A-18 is in service with several foreign air forces. Including Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Switzerland and Spain.
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Hobby Master HA3529 – 1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 164048, VFA-94 “Mighty Shrikes”, 400 NH, USN, embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with CVW-11, Operation Enuring Freedom.