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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA3515
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Diecast Model
USN VFA-131 Wildcats, AG400 "Still Flying Strong", Bill Gortney CAG

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet   9.25"   6.25"

On September 11, 2001 VFA-131 was aboard the USS John F. Kennedy just off Chesapeake Bay when disaster struck New York’s World Trade Center twin towers. Within a few hours VFA-131 aircraft were patrolling the skies over New York City and Washington DC. On the ground emergency workers responded and were inside or around the burning towers when they collapsed. Four hundred and eleven of those workers lost their lives trying to save the occupants. This act of heroism cost the lives of 340 FDNY members along with 23 officers from the NYPD, 37 officers from the NY Port Authority Police Department and eight EMTs and private company paramedics. In honor of those workers that died on 911 the VFA-131 CAG F/A-18C flown by Capt. Bill Gortney received markings to honor all those emergency responders that lost their lives trying to save others. The most memorable marking is 3 firemen raising Old Glory up a flagpole with the caption ”Still Flying Strong”.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet

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.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F/A-18 Hornet is a quality model with many fine features, skillfully designed and manufactured with modern techniques. The canopy can be removed for an unobstructed view of the cockpits pad-printed instrument panel and interior features. A separate canopy with a fixed actuator is included for display in the open position. The speed brake can be configured in the deployed position, and the landing gear and gear doors are constructed as subassemblies for quick and easy ground configuration. The series includes the single-seat F/A-18C and the two-seat F/A-18D. Each release is fitted with removable ordnance appropriate to its mission (see photos).

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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