Irish Air Corps F-18A Hornet

Started by TomZ, July 03, 2021, 10:18:45 AM

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Irish Air Corps F-18A Hornet

After retirement of the Supermarine Spitfire in 1955 the Irish Air Corps did not have any pure fighter or attack aircraft anymore. This suited the neutral Ireland fine until in 2020 the Irish government announced the intention to acquire an interceptor to combat ever more frequent Russian intrusions of Irish airspace.

The choice fell on the McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet 40 of which could be bought from US surplus stocks. The aircraft were bought in 2021 and after a factory upgrade the first were delivered to Ireland in 2023.

In 2024 the Irish Air Corps celebrated its 100-year anniversary. One F-18A received special tail markings and participated in several air shows all over Europe.

Model: ESCI F-18A Hornet 1/48
Decals: Designed by me and printed by decals.nl


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That green radome just might be a little bit too much, but the rest of the paint job.. Magnificent!!  :thumbsup:
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I like it!
Althou I doubt their defence bugget could stretch to 40 airframes. Enougth for an understrength squadron maybe. Unless someone else is paying the bill of course..........
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So I got that going for me...which is nice....