VFC-12 Fighting Omars 2011 FA-18A Model, Navy, 1/37th (18″) Scale, Mahogany
Fly with the VFC-12 Fighting Omars 2011 in this hand crafted FA-18A Model. Each model is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a unique piece that will always be treasured.
- Length – 18 inches
- Made from Mahogany
- US Veteran Owned Business
Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12) Fighting Omars is a United States Navy Reserve fighter squadron based at NAS Oceana. It provides adversary training to East Coast Navy air wings. VFC-12 reports to Tactical Support Wing, a component of the Naval Air Reserve Force. The “Fighting Omars” are manned by selected reservists, full-time reservists (FTS) and active duty personnel.
The squadron’s radio callsign is “Ambush” and its tailcode is AF. In late 2012, the unique adversary blue camouflage paint scheme on squadron aircraft was replaced with the Su-35 Flanker Prototype 2 Arctic Splinter Camouflage in late 2012 when the unit transitioned to the F/A-18A+. The Splinter Camouflage paint scheme was designed by a veteran, former AD3 Darrall W. Taylor, Jr.
Three distinct squadrons have been designated VC-12. The third of these was redesignated VFC-12 and is the main subject of this article. Officially, the US Navy does not recognize a direct lineage with disestablished squadrons if a new squadron is formed with the same designation. Often, a new squadron assumes the nickname, insignia, and traditions of an earlier, corresponding squadron.
The first Composite Squadron Twelve was established as VC-12 on 6 October 1943 at NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington. The squadron operated the F4F Wildcat and TBM-1 Avenger aboard USS Card in the western Pacific until the carrier changed homeport to Norfolk, Virginia in 1944. In the Atlantic theater, VC-12 flew combat missions against German U-boats, logging 34 engagements. On 7 June 1945, VC-12 was disestablished.
On 6 July 1948, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron Two (VAW-2) was established at NAS Norfolk. On 1 September 1948 it was re-designated Fleet Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12). VC-12 operated detachments of TBM-3W Avengers, AF-2W Guardians and AD-5W Skyraiders from Atlantic Fleet carriers. During the Korean War, a VC-12 detachment saw combat while operating from USS Bon Homme Richard. In July 1956 this second VC-12 was redesignated VAW-12. On 1 April 1967 the squadron was disestablished and its detachments were established as separate VAW squadrons VAW-121, VAW-122 and VAW-123.
On 1 September 1973, at NAF Detroit, Michigan, the current squadron was established as VC-12, the Navy’s first Reserve Fleet Composite Squadron. The squadron employed the single seat A-4 Skyhawk and dual seat TA-4Js in providing multiple support services, including air intercept and dissimilar air combat maneuvering (ACM) training for Atlantic and Pacific fleet units.
In 1975, VC-12 moved to its current home at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. In June 1988, VC-12 was re-designated Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12) to more accurately describe the squadron’s mission of Dissimilar Air Combat Training.
In 1994 the unit transitioned to the F/A-18A/B Hornet. In 2004, the A’s were upgraded to the A+, which included upgraded mission computers and weapons capabilities. In 2006, VFC-12 traded these F/A-18 A+ models (which had low arrested landing fatigue life) for F/A-18C’s from VFA-87. Finally in 2012, VFC-12 traded jets again with VFA-87 so they are now flying the F/A-18A+.