Friday, March 29, 2013

The New F/A-18F Super Hornet from Forces of Valor:

Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Full-rate production began in September 1997, and the Super Hornet entered service with the United States Navy in 1999.  It replaced the Grumman F-14 Tomcat™ in 2006, and serves alongside the original Hornet.

This model from Forces of Valor is a replica of the Super Hornet flown by the Strike Fighter Squadron 41 (VFA-41), also known as the "Black Aces."  The Black Aces is attached to Carrier Air Wing 9, and is currently deployed aboard the USS John C. Stenis. Their radio call sign is "Fast Eagle" and their tail code is NG.            

There are actually quite a few videos on YouTube from the cockpit of this plane, during take-off and flying.  It looks amazing and completely terrifying!        

This 1/72 scale model has lots of features and its accurate markings.  

U.S. F/A-18F Super Hornet - "Black Aces" // Item #85064

• Constructed of both die cast metal and plastic
• Affix or remove the external fuel tanks
• Reconfigure the included weapons

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