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US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Strike Fighter - VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers", 75th Anniversary Commemorative Scheme, USS Lincoln (CVN-72), 2017

Hobby Master US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Strike Fighter - VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers", 75th Anniversary Commemorative Scheme, USS Lincoln (CVN-72), 2017




 
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Hobby Master HA5113 US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Strike Fighter - VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers", 75th Anniversary Commemorative Scheme, USS Lincoln (CVN-72), 2017 (1:72 Scale) "Salty Dogs"
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The Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are twin-engine carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet. The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Additional fuel can be carried in up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system.

Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Full-rate production began in September 1997, after the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing the previous month. The Super Hornet entered service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which was retired in 2006; the Super Hornet serves alongside the original Hornet. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which has operated the F/A-18A as its main fighter since 1984, ordered the F/A-18F in 2007 to replace its aging F-111C fleet. RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010.

Pictured here is a gorgeous 1:72 scale diecast replica of a United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter assigned to VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers", then embarked upon the USS Lincoln (CVN-72) during 2017. Pre-order! Ship Date: April 2020.

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 7-1/2-inches
Length: 9-inches

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Historical Account: "Jolly Rogers" - Strike Fighter Squadron 103 (VFA-103), nicknamed the Jolly Rogers is an aviation unit of the United States Navy established in 1952. VFA-103 flies the F/A-18F Super Hornet and is based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia (US). The squadron's radio callsign is Victory and it is assigned to Carrier Air Wing Seven.

VFA-103 and the rest of CVW-7 embarked on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 2nd, 2010, for a six-month deployment in support of 5th and 6th Fleet operations. On July 27th, 2010, the squadron returned home to NAS Oceana after completion of their latest deployment.

After a successful maintenance and workup cycle, VFA-103 embarked with CVW-7 on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 22nd, 2012, for a scheduled nine-month deployment in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. However, due to changes in operational requirements, VFA-103, CVW-7 and Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to NAS Oceana on December 21st, 2012, to perform maintenance in preparation of returning to sea shortly thereafter. VFA-103 returned to sea on February 21st, 2013, after the short turnaround, and along with the rest of CVW-7 and Carrier Strike Group Eight, supported operations in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. After a combined eleven months at sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Persian Gulf presence operations, the squadron returned to NAS Oceana on July 3rd, 2013.

In honor of the Jolly Rogers' 70th anniversary, the squadron undertook a massive redesign of the immensely recognizable skull and crossbones insignia, choosing to feature the original VF-17 patches, colors, and tail fin.

The Jolly Rogers' F/A-18Fs were seen launching from USS Harry Truman in June 2016 participating in Operation Inherent Resolve, striking Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria, with multiple aircraft exhibiting signs of heavy combat, with a number of front fuselages being covered with bomb silhouettes representing munitions being dropped in combat air strikes.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Comes with interchangeable landing gear
  • Opening plexiglass canopy
  • Full weapons loadout
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Seated pilot figures included
  • Comes with display stand

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