Hobby Master HA3531 RAAF Boeing F-18B Hornet Strike Fighter - A21-103, 3 Squadron, RAAF Base Williamtown, 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)
"Per Ardua ad Astra ('Through Struggle to the Stars')"
- Motto of the Royal Australian Air Force
The F/A-18 Hornet is the true multi-role aircraft. It can vault from a carrier deck, bomb a target and stay to dogfight even the best enemy aircraft without missing a beat. It's the Navy's first modern-era jet intended for double duty against air- and ground-based adversaries. Armed to the hilt with Sparrow and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, an internal cannon, and laser-guided bombs, this modern warbird was an outstanding performer in Operation Desert Storm. Strapped into a digital cockpit described as a cross between Star Wars and a video game, pilots of the F/A-18 Hornet take on the ultimate aviation job: blasting this single-seat, high-performance jet off the deck of a carrier, dropping bombs, and firing air-to-ground ordnance. Offering unmatched agility, the Hornet is the choice aircraft of the US Navy's elite Blue Angels aerobatic team.
Pictured here is a gorgeous 1:72 scale diecast replica of a Royal Australian Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-18B Hornet Strike Fighter that was attached to 3 Squadron during 2006.
Wingspan: 7.5 inches
Length: 9 inches
Release Date: April 2013
Historical Account: "Secrets Revealed" - No. 3 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force fighter squadron. It was first formed in 1916 and currently operates F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, New South Wales.
The squadron continues to operate Hornets from its home base at RAAF Base Williamtown. In February 2002, during the Afghanistan War, elements of 3 Sqn were deployed to Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, to relieve 77 Squadron, providing air defence for the Coalition base there.
3 Sqn personnel also participated in Operation Falconer, 75 Sqn's deployment to the Iraq War during 2003.