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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA5112
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet Diecast Model
USN VX-23 Salty Dogs, SD223, NAS Patuxent River, MD, 2016

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet   10"   7.5"

VX-23 "Salty Dogs" (Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23) is located at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The squadron was established on July 22, 1995 as the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron but redesignated VX-23 on May 1, 2002. VX-23 is staffed by personnel selected from the USN and the USMC. The staff's main mission is to test and evaluate aircraft for flying qualities and perform evaluations. Here every aspect of an aircraft is put to the test. In 2016 F/A-18F 165801 was given a special paint scheme using Maryland State flag colors.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Super 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 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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