- 538 Blocks
- Compatible with other leading brands of construction blocks
- Made in Europe
- Illustrated instructions manual included in each set
- Model dimensions (L x W x H): 14″ x 10.8″ x 3.7″
- Recommended Ages: 8 & Up
- Part of COBI Armed Forces series
- Scale 1:48
Vehicle Fast Facts:
In U.S. service: 1983-present
Nation of origin: United States
Role: Fighter, Attack
Wingspan: 38 feet 5 inches
Length: 56 feet 1 inches
Height: 15 feet 5 inches
Engine: 2x General Electric F404-GE-402
Range:1,070 nautical miles
Rate of Climb: 50,000 feet per minute
Maximum Flight Level: 52,493 feet
Maximum Speed: 1.8 mach (1,370 miles per hour)
Armament: 1x 20mm M61A1 Gatling cannon
2x AIM-9x Sidewinder missiles
4x AIM-120B AMRAAM missiles or AIM0120C-7 AMRAAM missiles
Crew: 1 Pilot
The Plane Behind the Toy:
In 1978 the F/A-18 Hornet flew for the first time. The Hornet first entered service with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1983 replacing the F-4 Phantom II. In 1984, the Hornet entered service with the U.S. Navy where it replaced two aircraft: the F-14 Tomcat and A-7 Corsair II.
Hornets aboard the USS Coral Sea flew the aircraft’s first combat missions in 1986. The Hornet served during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Between 2007 and 2011, the Hornet served in the Global War on Terrorism in both Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War) and Operation Enduring Freedom (War in Afghanistan). The Blue Angels flew the F/A-18 Hornet longer than they’ve flown any other model of aircraft, switched from the A-4 Skyhawk aircraft to the Hornet in 1986.
Designed to be flown in all weather, the F/A-18 was designed to be a carrier-based aircraft. The F/A means the jet can be used in both fighter and attack roles, which it can switch between with ease. In its fighter role, the ‘F’ in F/A, it is designed to provide fleet air defense and act as an escort fighter. While in its attack role, the ‘A,’ the Hornet had four roles to play: ground strike, close air support, interdiction, and fleet force projection.
In a first for a tactical aircraft, the Hornet was also designed to be able to carry out both air-to-air and air-to-ground roles. Because Hornets could switch between attack and fighter mode mid-mission, during Operation Desert Storm, Hornets were able to defeat two Iraqi MiG-21s and then successfully completed their initial air-to-ground mission.
In addition, the Hornet has carbon fiber wings and digital fly-by-wire flight controls, both firsts. During its entire production run, there were 1,480 F/A-18Cs built. Overall, the F/A-18 Hornet was a revolutionary aircraft for its time.
Since 2013, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has been a proud Smithsonian Affiliate. However, the WVM’s roots go back much deeper in time. In 1901, Wisconsin Civil War veterans opened a Grand Army of the Republic memorial hall in the State Capitol building. With award-winning exhibits and programs, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum exists to acknowledge, commemorate, and affirm the role of Wisconsin veterans in the United States of America’s military past and present. The WVM is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs whose webpage can be found here. Most importantly, all purchases both here online and in-person at the store located within the lobby of the Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, help us to fulfill our mission. Thank you.
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The National Air and Space Museum, a Smithsonian institution has an F/A-18C Hornet on display at its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Click here to see!