Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA4912 Lockheed S-3B Viking "Desert Storm" 159765, VS-32 "Maulers", USS America. 1/72 Scale Diecast Model, Size: 11.5" Wingspan & 9" Long, Optional Up & Down Landing Gear, Armaments & Display Stand Are Included.
The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a 4-crew, twin-engine turbofan-powered jet aircraft that was used by the U.S. Navy (USN) primarily for anti-submarine warfare. In 1974 the Lockheed S-3 Viking entered service with the USN as a twin-engine jet aircraft used for enemy submarine warfare. By the late 1990s the role shifted to surface warfare providing the carrier battle group with long range surveillance capabilities and aerial refueling. The S-3 was in production from 1974 until 1978 with 186 (187) aircraft completed. Most airframes saw upgrades low pitch sound of the engines earned the S-3 the nickname Hoover after the vacuum cleaner. Primary Role: Carrier-Based Anti-Submarine Aircraft Carrier Anboard Delivery (US-3A variant).
S-3 159765/Modex 705/AB was accepted by the USN on October 31, 1975 and was assigned to VS-31 “TopCats” on November 4, 1975. It wasn’t until 1982 and a few reassignments before 159765 reached VS-32 “Maulers”. In 1988 the aircraft was upgraded to an S-3B configuration and once again reassigned to VS-37 “Grim Dogs”. Once again 159765 was assigned to VS-32 between 1990 and 1993. On February 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, 159765 destroyed an Iraqi patrol boat using three 500 pound Mk-82 bombs as well as inadvertently dropped a refueling pod.
MARCH 2024 RELEASE
|Size:||11.5" Wingspan & 9" Long|
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