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 USMC Boeing F/A-18D Hornet Strike Fighter that was attached to VMFA(AW)-332 "Moonlighters, during February 2007.
Wingspan: 7.5 inches
Length: 9 inches
Release Date: July 2012
Historical Account: "Moonlight Serenade" - VMFA(AW)-332 Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 332 is a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet squadron. Also known as the "Moonlighters", the squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina and is attached to Marine Aircraft Group 31 (MAG-31), 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW). The squadron flew its last flight in the F/A-18 Hornet on March 30th, 2007. They are now in cadre status but are expected to be reactivated when the Marine Corps fields the new F-35 Lightning II. At the time of their transition they held the longest streak of mishap-free flight hours for a tactical jet squadron at 109,000 hours.