Completing their last mission in late October of 2006, the VFA-31 "Tomcatters" replaced the aging F-14 with the new and improved F/A-18E Super Hornet. The squadron's first deployment, with their new aircraft, was aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in September, 2008. After visiting South Africa they were sent to support Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan during Christmas. The F/A-18E (166776) wore a Santa hat and present in addition to their existing Felix logo in honor of the holiday.
This 1/72 scale, Hobby Master, die cast replica, as it appeared in the VFA-31, "Santa CAG" in December of 2008, features authentic markings and hand-painted detail, an opening canopy, optional-position landing gear, a removable pilot figure, and a display stand. 10" long.
Hobby Master: HA5107