F/A-18B Hornet "Classic Hornet 1985-2019"
A21-116, 2 OCU, RAAF, Williamtown
The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a supersonic twin engine all-weather
night fighter and attack aircraft. The F/A-18s first flew in November 1978 and the first production
flight on April 12, 1980. The first 380 aircraft were F/A-18As and in September 1987 production
switched to the F/A-18C. Variants A and C are single-seat aircraft while B and D are tandem-
seats. The Hornet can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases with the capability of in
flight refueling. A total of 1,480 A-D variants were built.
The RAAF 2 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) role is to train military pilots how to handle and
use whatever the present day aircraft is in use. 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the F/A-18B
Hornet in service with the RAAF 2 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) and at the end of 2019 will
be retired in preparation for the F-35. To honor the service and final year of the Hornet F/A-18B
received a special Tiger paint scheme. This aircraft was delivered in 1988 and has been with 2
OCU since 1995.
- Professionally painted
- Great attention to detail
- All markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
- Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
- Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
- Canopy can be displayed open or closed
- Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
- Highly collectable
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