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Flite Test SkyFX Master Series F-18 Dambusters Decal Set

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$59.99

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Flite Test SkyFX Master Series F-18 Dambusters Decal Set

$59.99

This full color decal set contains two 19 X 29 sheets, and a 9X6.75 sheet. The kit includes complete vertical tail graphics, fuselage stripe, as well as insignia and nomenclature depicting a CAG (Commander, Air Group, the informal name for the senior US Navy officer of a carrier air wing) F/A-18E Super Hornet of VFA-195, the World Famous Dambusters, embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - fall 2013. The kit also included decals for a 3D Printed external fuel tank which is available as a free stl download. 

The decal kit also includes a special Flite Test decal commemorating the squadron. Established as VT-19 on August 15, 1943, they would change designations three times over the next 70 years. Re-designated VA-20A on November 15, 1946, VA-195 on August 24, 1948, and finally VFA-195 on April 1, 1985\\\.

The squadron, originally known as the Tigers, had its first insignia approved by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) on 4 March 1944, consisting of a lion cub riding a torpedo. Bob Burns gave the squadron a lion cub. On the patch the cub is holding the musical "bazooka" that Burns used in his act, while riding a torpedo. The lion went to the Los Angeles Zoo. A new design replaced the cub with a tiger and parrot on the torpedo, and was approved on 18 April 1949.

Sometime in the 1950s, the squadron adopted a shield insignia that featured an eagle's head and a torpedo. On 1 May 1951, squadron aircraft disabled the heavily defended Hwacheon Dam in North Korea, earning them the nickname Dambusters, echoing the original Dam Busters of No. 617 Squadron RAF. Destruction of the dam had been previously attempted by other units many times. In August 1985, the squadron adopted the stylized eagle on green background insignia in use today.

In 2001, the Dambusters, onboard USS KITTY HAWK, flew in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and, subsequently, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003. In 2008, the squadron “cross-decked” to the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier stationed in Japan, the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. In 2011, the squadron returned to the United States for the first time in 25 years to transition to their current aircraft, the F/A-18E Super Hornet.  In August 2015, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON completed a hull swap with USS RONALD REAGAN.

Today, the squadron continues to deploy aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN, providing a formidable forward presence in the western Pacific area of responsibility.

 

 

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