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S3A VIKING VS28 HUKKERS AE707 72 by Hobby Master

Article number: 181556
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True 1/72 scale.
Professionally painted.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Optional armament provided.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figure included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.
Highly collectable.

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 1990’s 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
to the S-3B and sixteen became ES-3A “Shadow” electronic intelligence collection aircraft. The
low pitch sound of the engines earned the S-3 the nickname “Hoover” after the vacuum cleaner.

VS-28 “Gamblers” was commissioned in 1960 at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The VS-28
mission is to locate and counter enemy submarine threats. In January 1974 they moved to
NAS, Cecil Field, Florida. After deployments aboard the USS Saratoga and USS Independence,
VS-28 began the first of 4 cruises on USS Forrestal in 1986 that lasted until April, 1990. VS-28
gained the nickname “Hukkers”, a derivative of “Hunter/Killers”. Story has it that Hunter Killer belt
buckles were ordered but arrived spelled HUKKERS. VS-28 was deactivated October 1, 1992.

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