Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA3550 McDonnell Douglas CF-188 “2016 Demo” Captain Ryan “Roid” Kean, 2016. Buy now online at Flying Tigers.
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 2016 RCAF CF-18 Demo aircraft design was developed by the 410 TF (Operational Training) Squadron’s graphic artist Jim Belliveau. The scheme represents the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). The yellow represents the training aircraft, the black is for the dark times of war and the red is for flames against the darkness. The BCATP ran from 1939 until 1945 and was carried out in more than one hundred communities across Canada;
training 131,553 aircrew. The aircraft will be piloted by Captain Ryan “Roid” Kean.