Hobby Master HA2629 USMC AV-8B Harrier II Plus VMA-214 Black Sheep 1/72
"AV-8B Harrier II Plus 165421, VMA-214 ""Black Sheep"",USMC, Afghanistan, November 2009"
The AV-8B II + is the second generation of Harriers. Using its VSTOL (Vertical and Short Take Off Landing) abilities the Harrier is capable of using almost any surface to attack and destroy air or ground targets. Armed with conventional or specific weapons the AV-8B II + can be used in or night. The AV-8B II + can be air refueled allowing it to be deployed for extended periods.
Marine Squadron 214 was commissioned in 1942 as the “Swashbucklers”. On September 7, 1943 VMF-214 was formed under the guidance of Major “Pappy” Boyington and given the name “Black Sheep”. Back then the squadron was equipped with Corsairs. In 1957 the VMF was changed to VMA-214. In 2000, using the wings and tail from AV-8B 162731 as well as a new fuselage and engine they created AV-8B Harrier II+ 165421. In 2009 the “Black Sheep” were deployed to Kandahar from May until November.