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JC Wings 1:72 Military Series JCW-72-A7-003
Vought A-7E Corsair II Diecast Model
USN VA-22 Fighting Redcocks, NH301, USS Enterprise, Persian Gulf, Operation Praying Mantis 1988

Limited Edition
500
Pieces Worldwide

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Vought A-7E Corsair II   7.75"   6.5"

On 18 April 1988, the U.S. Navy launched Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian targets in the Arabian Gulf in retaliation for USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) mining four days earlier, which blew an immense hole in the ship's hull. Ten Sailors from Samuel B. Roberts sustained severe injuries. Four were seriously burned. Commander Paul X. Rinn was hurt as well. The ship should have sunk, but thanks to an extraordinary damage control effort by all hands of an extremely well-trained crew, Samuel B. Roberts was kept afloat.

The U.S. response was fierce. Operation Praying Mantis was the largest of five major U.S. Navy surface actions since World War II. It was the first, and so far only, time the U.S. Navy has exchanged surface-to-surface missile fire with an enemy, and it resulted in the largest warship sunk by the U.S. Navy since WWII. In the one-day operation, the U.S. Navy destroyed two Iranian surveillance platforms, sank two of their ships, and severely damaged another.

US Navy Fighter Squadron 63 (VF-63) was established at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in July 1948, flying the F8F Bearcat. It was redesignated Attack Squadron 63 (VA-63) in March 1956 and then again as Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22) in July 1959. During that period, the squadron flew the F4U Corsair, F9F Panther, F9 Cougar and FJ-4 Fury. The squadron flew the A-4 Skyhawk for most of the 1960s before transitioning to the A-7E Corsair II in 1971. After 19 years operating the A-7, the squadron was redisgnated Strike Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA-22) and began flying the F/A-18C Hornet. In 2004 the VFA-22 upgraded to the F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet that it is still flying today.

Please note: An optional display stand is available separately if you wish to display this model "in-flight".

Vought A-7E Corsair II

Designed as a longer-range, higher-payload replacement for the A-4 Skyhawk, the A-7 Corsair II was first flown on September 27th, 1965. This aircraft entered service during the Vietnam war and later became one of only a few US Navy aircraft to serve with the US Air Force. It possessed cutting edge technologies; it was one of the first aircraft to use a turbofan engine, an internal navigation system and a "head-up" display. Late in its career, A-7s were used for pilot training and were parked outside of hangars in order to draw the attention of Soviet spy satellites away from the fledgling F-117.

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JC's 1:72 scale A-7 Corsair II model does great justice to this iconic aircraft. No detail has been overlooked, from the tinted bulletproof windscreen to the complete set of removable wing- and fuselage-mounted ordnance. This model has an opening hinged canopy with detailed pilot figure, two nose-mounted pitot tubes and arrestor hook detail. Details of the gear actuator and hydraulic lines are visible in the wheel wells. Its most unique feature is its steerable nose wheel, a finishing touch that is uncommon in any scale.

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JC Wings 1:72 Military Series

The JC Wings "1:72 Military" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft in 1:72 scale.

JC Wings 1:72 Military 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.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Selected moving parts such as canopies, control surfaces and swing-wings.
  • Detailed, hand-painted pilot and crew member figures.

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