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001624 Corgi   F-8E Crusader - VMFA-212 Lancers USMC, Vietnam (1,000) £
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  Century Wings 1:72 Wings of Heroes 001624: Vought F-8E Crusader Diecast Model
USMC VMF(AW)-212 Lancers, WD106, USS Oriskany, Gulf of Tonkin, 1965. Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces.

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.

Designed to meet a USN requirement for a supersonic air-superiority fighter, the Chance-Vought F-8 (originally F8U) was first flown on March 25th, 1955. The F-8 was the last American fighter to use guns as a primary weapon. Its powerplant was nearly identical to the one used by the F-100 Super Sabre, and it was the world's first carrier-based aircraft to break the speed of sound. The US Navy used the Crusader in a traditional dogfighting interceptor role, while the Marines operated it as a strike/attack aircraft. Both flew the F-8 during the Vietnam War, and it remained in service for more than four decades.
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