Introduced in January of 1983, the F/A-18 Hornet is a multi-purpose combat jet operating with the U.S. Navy and Marines. The aircraft participated in both the Gulf and Iraq War, and is still in service around the world, including the United States. It can perform both fighter and attack duties, and is powerfully equipped with a wide variety of bombs in addition to air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. More than 1,400 units have been built and it has spawned the more modern variant, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
This 1/72 scale, Hobby Master, die cast model — a strikingly blue-accented replica of an F/A-18F as it appeared with the U.S. Navy's VX-23 "Salty Dogs" in 2016 — features that aircraft's signature emblem on its tail, engraved panel lines, realistic engine exhausts, an opening canopy, a removable pilot figure, a well-equipped cockpit (including an instrument panel), full weapons complement (including an impressive selection of wing-mounted missiles and rockets), optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and a stylish display stand. Measures approximately 9¼" long with a 6¼" wingspan.