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CW-001624 F-8E Crusader USMC Lancers 1/72 Pre-order Sept. '17

CW-001624 F-8E Crusader USMC Lancers 1/72 Pre-order Sept. '17
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Product ID : CW-001624
Manufacturer: Century Wings - Aircraft

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CW-001624 F-8E Crusader USMC VMF(AW)-212 LancersUSS Oriskany, Gulf of Tonkin, 1965 L=9.25"\t \tW=5.75" US Marine Fighter Squadron 212 (VF-212) Hell Hounds was established in 1942 at MCAS Ewa, Hawaii flying the F4F Wildcat. Throughout WWII, the squadron was based at numerous stations across the Pacific and was credited with downing 132.5 aircraft by war's end. The squadron also saw action during the Korean war, at the time nicknamed "Devil Cats" and flying the F4U Corsair. By 1965 their name had changed once again to "Lancers" and they deployed with to the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam with the F-8E Crusader, returning at the end of the year having flown 1,588 sorties totalling 3,018 combat hours. They later upgraded to the F-4 Phantom and eventually moved to the F/A-18C Hornet in 1988. The Lancers flew missions in Persian Gulf during the 1990s in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm and then later in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The squadron was finally deactivated in 2008 as the Marine Corps prepared to transition its squadrons to the F-35.

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