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- Academy Plastics 12534 1/72 F/A-18C US Navy VFA-82 Marauders, 12534
- Features: Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in gray and clear Accurately detailed panel lines and rivets Precisely engraced cockpit and landing gear Assemble with canopy open or closed Various air-to-surface and air-to-air weapons Waterslide decals Illustrated instructions
- Includes: One plastic model
- Specs: Scale: 1:72 Skill level: 4
- Part number(s) included (in factory packaging): 12534
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations, and since 1986, by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.
A U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18CBy Rich Cooper - https://theaviationist.com/2019/05/02/these-photos-of-the-f-22-raptor-flying-with-the-blue-angels-are-some-of-the-best-aerial-shots-youll-ever-see/, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
The F/A-18 was designed to be a highly versatile aircraft due to its avionics, cockpit displays, and excellent aerodynamic characteristics, with the ability to carry a wide variety of weapons. The aircraft can perform fighter escort, fleet air defense, suppression of enemy air defenses, air interdiction, close air support, and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.
The Hornet first saw combat action during the 1986 United States bombing of Libya and subsequently participated in the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq War. The F/A-18 Hornet served as the baseline for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, its larger, evolutionary redesign.
An F/A-18C Hornet in transonic flight producing flow-induced vapor cone
Photo Credit: By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza - This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 110606-N-TU221-408 (next).This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing., Public Domain, Link