Hobby Master HA3315 Diecast Aircraft Model F-5E.
Hobby Master Air Power Series.
1/72 Scale F-5E Tiger II
of “Red 23” BuNo 160792, VFA-127 “Desert Bogeys”, US Navy Nevada.
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger.
Hobby Master HA3315 is a 1/72 scale F-5 Tiger II diecast model aircraft. The F-5 tactical fighter is an American twin engined light supersonic fighter aircraft. The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter first flew in July 1959 and first entered service with the 4441st Combat Crew Training School USAF. Designed for the Military Assistance Program (MAP), it is an extremely maneuverable supersonic fighter, relatively inexpensive to purchase, easy to maintain, and capable of operating out of short runways.
On November 20, 1970, Northrop won the IFA (International Fighter Aircraft) competition to replace the F-5A/B’s. The emphasis was be on the air-superiority role. Initially designated as the F-5A-21, it was reclassified in January 1971 as the F-5E and became known as the Tiger II. It had more powerful General Electric J85-21 engines, lengthened and enlarged fuselage. Its wings were fitted with enlarged leading edge extensions, giving increased wing area and improved maneuverability. The aircraft’s avionics were more sophisticated and including radar (the F-5A and B had no radar). The last F-5’s was manufactured in 1989 and of the 2,600 plus produced, about two-thirds of these were still in service 4 decades later. The F-5 was manufactured under license in Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and served with 26 countries.
VFA-127 “Desert Bogeys”.
Established as VA-127 “Batmen” they were re-designated VFA-127 “Desert Bogeys” in March 1987 and moved to NAS Fallon, Nevada. Strike Fighter Squadron VA-127 was the only USN adversary squadron permanently stationed in Nevada and was responsible for training pilots in air-to-air combat. In its role as an aggressor aircraft the F-5E often served as a Mig 21 or Mig 23 in combat simulations. VFA-127 was disestablished on March 23, 1996. Last known location of 160792 is at the Prop and Jet Museum, Hemet California.
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HA3315 – 1/72 Scale F-5E Tiger II Diecast Model.
Hobby Master HA3315 1/72 scale F-5E Tiger II is a Air Power Series diecast aircraft model. Constructed with metal and plastic components. This quality diecast model features include canopy in the open or closed positions, undercarriage can be displayed extended or retracted and a display stand.