This Royal Australian Air Force and US Navy Challenge Coin was the 9th aircraft diecast coin design. We had to change it up a little bit with this one. We didn’t want you to think Challenge Coin Stars was bias towards the Air Force. Well we are, but that is only because I spent 21 years in the Air Force. All kidding aside, we plan on doing a lot more aircraft from other branches of service. We will also do a lot of the older retired aircraft in the near future.
With my first design stepping outside the Air Force we decided to go with the F/A-18 Hornet. This aircraft has been around since 1978 and is still the primary fighter/attack aircraft used by the US Navy for carrier launches. The F-35C is the scheduled replacement for the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet.
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin engine supersonic multi-role combat aircraft, which is now owned by Boeing. The F/A stands for Fighter/Attack aircraft. In 1973 Congress ordered the US Navy to find a lower cost replacement to the F-14 Tomcat. The first production F/A-18 took flight on November 18, 1978. The F/A-18 is also the same aircraft that is used for the US Navy Blue Angel demonstration team.
The Royal Australian Air Force(RAAF) also selected the F-18 to be it’s primary Fighter in October 1981. There are several other countries that later took up contracts with the F/A-18 also. The US Navy and RAAF have been using them almost since the beginning of production. This is why we decided to design this aircraft diecast coin with the Seal of the US Navy and RAAF patch on the bottom. It is 3 inches in length with a polished nickel finish.
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