BBI BBI3773 US Navy McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Strike Fighter - VFA-86 "Sidewinders", USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2004 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:18 Scale)
"Bigger, Higher, Faster, Farther."
- Thinking within the US Air Force during the late 1970s
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 1:18 scale replica of a US Navy F/A-18C Hornet Strike Fighter that was attached to VFA-86 "Sidewinders".
Note: Due to the immense size and weight of this item, it does not qualify for the free UPS ground shipping discount. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 25-1/4 inches
Length: 37-1/4 inches
Release Date: August 2012
Historical Account: "Sidewinders" - Strike Fighter Squadron 86 (VFA-86) is a United States Navy strike fighter squadron based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. Known as the Sidewinders, they fall under the command of Carrier Air Wing Eleven. Their call sign is Winder, tail code is NH, and they fly the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
On September 19th, 2001, the Sidewinders deployed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) over Afghanistan against Taliban and Al Qaeda military targets. When they departed the area on March 2nd, 2002, the squadron had flown over 3500 hours and expended over 213 tons of ordnance. During this period, the Sidewinders were at sea for 160 continuous days.
From August 2003 to July 2004, VFA-86 deployed to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and OEF. From May to November 2006, the Sidewinders were deployed on Enterprise in support of OIF and OEF, visiting ports in Croatia, Crete, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, & Portugal.
In July 2007, VFA-86 deployed again aboard Enterprise in support of OIF and OEF, returning MCAS Beaufort in December 2007. Sidewinders earned the 2007 Commander Naval Air Forces U.S. Atlantic Fleet Safety "S." In July 2009, VFA-86 deployed aboard "Nimitz" in support of OIF and OEF.