Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA3599 F/A-18C Hornet J-5017, Staffel 17, Swiss Air Force, Payerne Air Base, 2018. 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.
In June 1997 17 Staffel “Falcons” based at Payerne Air Base was the first squadron to receive the new F/A-18C Hornet. In 2010 F/A-18C J5017 was given a permanent squadron paint scheme on the tail of a Falcon. J-5017 is given double duty; normal flight operations with Staffel 17 which means any pilot can fly J-5017 but if the Swiss Solo Display pilot is from Staffel 17 they will only fly J-5017. For 2018 the aircraft received a new and very colorful scheme of a photo-like falcon’s head on a red background.