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.
Dragon Warbirds is offering a fine 1:72 scale die-cast model of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from VFA-31. The model is beautifully detailed, capturing the sleek and powerful stance of this potent U.S. military aircraft. The model bears all the appropriate markings of this unit including the 'AJ' tail code, and a cartoon impression of Felix the Cat running with a spherical bomb in his paws. This item is a colorful and attractive offering that would enhance any model aircraft collection. VFA-31 has staked its place in history by being the last Tomcat squadron, but this model allows collectors to commemorate this new phase in their history as they operate the larger F/A-18E. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7.5 inches
Length: 9 inches
Release Date: December 2007
Historical Account: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" - The 'Tomcatters' is a US Navy strike fighter squadron based at NAS Oceana. This squadron, VFA-31, flies the F/A-18E Super Hornet exclusively. Founded on July 1st, 1935, as VF-1B 'Shooting Stars', the squadron has an illustrious history. Most recently it participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom while aboard USS Abraham Lincoln where it flew 585 sorties. At the time, the 'Tomcatters' was flying F-14D Tomcats. The unit's farewell to its Tomcats occurred in September 2006 during the 'Tomcat Sunset'. It was the Navy's last operational Tomcat squadron, and this will be reflected for time immemorial by their squadron name - 'Tomcatters'! After this emotional farewell, VFA-31 began its transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet, and today the 'Fighting 31' specializes in night fighting. This is summed up in their motto of 'We get ours at night'.