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Amercom 1:144 Flying Fortresses ACLB21
Grumman A-6E Intruder Diecast Model
USN VA-115 Eagles, NF500, USS Independence, Yuugiri Shoot-down, June 4th 1996

1:144 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman A-6E Intruder   4.5"   4.5"

RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Excercise) is the world's largest international maritime exercise, hosted by the US Navy with participation by Pacific Rim nations including Japan, Canada, Australia and more. It was during a live-fire gunnery excercise as part of RIMPAC 1996 that the Japanese Asagiri class destroyer "Yuugiri", accidentally shot-down the US Navy A-6E Intruder, BuNo 155704, of VA-115 Eagles. The aircraft was towing a target drone approximately three miles behind it when the Yuugiri inadvertently targeted the towing aircraft, rather than the target, with its 20mm Phalanx Close In Weapons System. The Pilot, Lt. Cmdr. William Royster and Bombardier-Navigator, Lt. Keith Douglas, ejected and were immediately rescued. Since this aircraft had been specially painted as the "CAG Bird", a replacement aircraft, BuNo 155662 was subsquently re-painted in the same scheme.

US Navy Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) Eagles was the new designation given to VA-12A on July 15th, 1948. The squadron transitioned from the AD (A-1) Skyraider to the A-6 Intruder in February, 1971. The Eagles deployed many times with the A-6 on the USS Midway and later, the USS Independence. The squadron finally flight traded its A-6s for the F/A-18 Hornet in 1996 and was re-designated Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 115 (VFA-115) on September 30th, 1996.

Grumman A-6E Intruder

Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for an all-weather carrier-based attack/strike aircraft, the A-6 Intruder was first flown on April 19th, 1960. The A-6 was equipped with a CRT that allowed for low-level flight in all weather conditions, a characteristic that helped it remain the US Navy and US Marine Corps' principle night and all-weather attack aircraft through the 1990s. With its large, blunt nose and lean tail, the A-6 was given a variety of unflattering nicknames, including "Double Ugly" and the "Drumstick." The A-6 served in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Somalia and Bosnia and was ultimately replaced by the F-14 Tomcat.

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Amercom 1:144 Flying Fortresses

The Amercom "1:144 Flying Fortresses" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military heavy bomber aircraft in 1:144 scale. To help keep the price down, these items arrive in low-cost, discardable blister type packaging.

Amercom "Flying Fortresses" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Rotating wheels and propellers.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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