WTW-72-026-006 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet USN VFA-192 Golden Dragons, NF300, CAG, NAF Atsugi,
|McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet||9.25"||6.25"|
F/A-18C #164029 was repainted in 2009 prior to The Golden Dragon's departure frmom Japan. The repaint included all new tail-art, featuring a complete Golden Dragon rather than just the Dragon's head that the aircraft had worn on previously.
US Navy Fighter Squadron 192 (VF-192) was the new designation given to VF-153 on February 15th, 1950. The squadron transitioned from the F8F Bearcat to the F4U Corsair before deploying aboard USS Princeton in November 1950 in support of the Korean War. During a cruise in 1953 aboard the USS Oriskany, the Squadron flew their F9F Panthers to assist in the filming of the movie "The Bridges at Toko-Ri", earning their nickname "World Famous Golden Dragons". Then in 1956 the squadron transitioned to the F9F-6 Cougar and was redesignated Attack Squadron 92 (VA-92). The squadron flew variety of aircraft including the A-4 Skyhawk and A-7 Corsair II before upgrading to the F/A-18 Hornet in 1985. The Hornet brought with it another squadron redesignation, this time to Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) and then, in 1986, its homeport moved from NAS Lemoore, California to NAF Atsugi, Japan. The Golden Dragons deployed many times with the F/A-18, flying combat missions in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. On December 15th, 2009 VFA-192 left Japan and made NAS Lemoore its home once again.