Hobby Master HA5151 – 1/72 Scale EA-18G Growler Diecast Model
1/72 Scale Airpower Series
|Length||25.4 cm||10.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||18.9 cm||7.44 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable crew figurines
- Optional ordnance
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Boeing EA-18G Growler, US Navy – Hobby Master HA5151
Hobby Master HA5151 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Boeing EA-18G Growler, tail code NL/540 CAG aircraft of VAQ-132, ” Scorpions”, US Navy. While based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, during “Operation Odyssey Dawn” in 2011.
Boeing EA-18G Growler
The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American twin-engine, two-seat, carrier-capable electronic warfare aircraft, a variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet. The first flight took place on August 15, 2006, entering service on September 22, 2000, with VAQ-129 “Vikings”, US Navy. It replaced the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers in US Navy service. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the only other operator of the type.
Construction is mainly of aluminium alloy and carbon fibre composites with a semi-monocoque fuselage, mid-mounted cantilevered trapezoidal wings and leading-edge extensions (LEX). The tail unit is a cantilever swept-back structure with twin outward canted fins and horizontal stabilators. The tandem-seat cockpit accommodates a pilot (front) and Weapon Systems Officer (rear).
The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type with the primary units mounted in the engine air ducts, folding rearwards; the nose wheel retracts forward.
It uses two General Electric F414 afterburning turbofans mounted in the rear of the fuselage. The Growler has a maximum speed of 1,900 km/h (1,190 mph), a range of 2,346 km (1275 mi), and a service ceiling of 15,000 m (50,000 ft).
Armament excludes guns, with nine external hard-points, able to carry up to 8,050 kg (17,750 lb) of payload, three under each wing, and three under-fuselage. Able to carry anti-radiation and air to air missiles, drop tanks, jamming pods, detection pods Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR).
In March 2011, five of VAQ-132 Scorpion’s EA-18G Growlers moved from Iraq to Aviano AB, Italy, as part of “Operation Odyssey Dawn”, to enforce a United Nations no-fly zone during the Libyan Civil War. EA-18G Growler s/n 166894 was the CAG aircraft.