Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA4522 F-15E "Mi Amigo 75th Anniversary flypast " 01-2004, 494th FS, Lakenheath, 22nd Feb. 2019 In 1967 the U.S. became aware of the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. This made it necessary to develop a new aircraft to counter the MiG-25. The USAF rejected the USN F-14 Tomcat and issued its own requirements. The solution came in the form of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. The F-15A made its inaugural flight in July 1972 and in January 1976 the first Eagle entered service. The "E" entered service in 1989. The F-15 was the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre. On February 22, 1944 a severely damaged B-17 �Mi Amigo� tried to land on a park in Sheffield but the pilot noticed children playing there so he crashed into a treed hillside killing all 10 crew. One of those children, Tony Foulds eventually related the story to the BBC and a 10 aircraft �Mi Amigo 75th Anniversary Flypast� took place on Friday 22nd February 2019. Four F-15E from 494th FS bore names of the 10 U.S. airmen and executed a missing man formation. One F-15E was 01-2004 c/n 1375/E236 built in 2001. 1/72 scale pre-finished. Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic. Professionally painted. All markings are pad applied for superb results. Crew figure. Comes with display stand. Landing gear can be displayed up or down. Extremely sought after by collectors.