Dragon DRW50043 USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle Fighter - 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena AB, Japan (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
It's the fighter pilot's dream. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 is fast, amazingly agile and climbs like a rocket. It can "zoom-climb" to an astonishing altitude of 98,400 feet, and reach its normal operating ceiling of 59,000 feet -- flying at two-and-a-half times the speed of sound -- in just two minutes. With the best combat radar in the world, it can detect and destroy enemies way beyond the pilot's visual range. Despite its huge size, the F-15's maneuverability makes it a ferocious dogfighter when the encounters get close and dirty. That's why nearly 100 enemy aircraft have fallen victim to the F-15, while no Eagle has ever been lost in aerial combat.
Pictured here is a stunning 1:72 scale diecast replica of a F-15D assigned to the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, assigned to the Kadena Air Base in Japan. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7 inches
Length: 10.5 inches
Release Date: July 2004
Historical Account: "Dirty Dozen" - The 12th Fighter Squadron, affectionately known as the â€śDirty Dozen,â€ť traces their lineage and honors back to January 15th, 1941. It was on this date that they were first activated at Selfridge Field, Michigan. After seeing action in WWII and Korea, the 12th FS found themselves stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan.
The mission of the 12th FS is to mobilize, deploy, and employ 24 F-15D Eagle fighter aircraft worldwide to achieve air superiority in support of CJCS, PACOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM, SOUTHCOM, and NORAD operations. From 1980 until 1999, the squadron continued to fly from Kadena AB, Japan, participating in over 50 deployments around the world in support of combat training and international relations. In November 1999, the squadron fell victim to internal Air Force downsizing and force restructuring; basically their capabilities and presence were no longer required at Kadena AB, Japan.
On a positive note, their long and distinguished military honors warranted their retention as an active combat unit of the Air Force. In April 2002 they transferred to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Since their activation, the squadron has continued to serve this country with the same distinction and honor of those before them. They have participated in several deployments to include missions in support of Operation Northern Watch, Operation Northern Denial, Operation Southern Watch, and most recently in defense of America in wake of the September terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.