Hobby Master HA3567 Spanish EF-18A ALA 12 50th Anniversary Aircraft Model 1/72
"EF-18A ""ALA 12 50th Anniversary"" 12-50/C15-34, Ala 12, Spanish Air Force, 2015"
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.
Spanish Air Force ALA 12 “Gatos” (Cats) is based at Torrejon AB. On the tail of ALA 12 aircraft there is a black cat as its unit emblem. Spain ordered 60 EF-18A and 12 EF-18B Hornets (E=Espana, Spain) that were delivered between November 1985 and July 1990. The wing is equipped with the EF-18A/B. In 2008 C15-34 c/n 638/A530 code 12-50 was given a special paint scheme to honor the ALA 12 50th Anniversary and continued to wear this scheme for several years. These aircraft were later upgraded to F-18A+/B+.