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Green Bay Packer Air Force


I find it rare that two hobbies intersect, but when they do, the best parts of each hobby seems to stand out. In this case, I have three of my favorite hobbies coming together...the Green Bay Packers NFL football team, aviation, and collecting diecast models (of which I mostly collect Oliver farm toys). Collected below are photos of each of the (24) scale airplane and helicopter models in my collection that are dressed up in Green Bay Packers team colors.

This is a Green Bay Packer bobble-head sitting in a tiny bi-plane. This plastic model was on sale at ShopKo stores in Wisconsin in the late 1990's.
Green Bay Packer Bi-Plane


This is the Green Bay Packer team Boeing 727 transport. It was produced by Danbury Mint, and it is still available new as a limited edition.
Green Bay Packer Boeing 727


This is a P-47 Thunderbolt, a WWII era fighter plane, dressed up in Green Bay Packers colors. This was available in 2002 as a limited edition.
Green Bay Packer Fighter Plane


This is a P-51 Mustang, another WWII era fighter plane, dressed up in Green Bay Packers colors. This was available in 2003 as a limited edition. This model has a number of nice details including rockets and working landing gear.
Green Bay Packer Fighter Plane


Here is the F4U Corsair, also a WWII era fighter plane, dressed up in Green Bay Packers colors. This model was available in 2004 as a limited edition in 1/100 scale. The Corsair has the unique gull-wing design that lead to the nickname 'bent wing bird'. The Corsair survived WWII and went on to fight in Korea with the United States Marine Corps.
Green Bay Packer Fighter Plane


Here is the P-40 Warhawk, a WWII era fighter plane, decorated in Green Bay Packers colors. This model was available in late 2004 as a limited edition in 1/48 scale. The Warhawk is famous for its battles in the China-Burma theater of action, and sports a distinctive shark's mouth design on the nose of the fuselage.
Green Bay Packer Fighter Plane


This is a Waco open cockpit bi-plane from the 1930's. It was available in 2000 or 2001.
Green Bay Packer Bi-Plane


This is a Boeing 747 dressed up in Green Bay Packer colors. While it is not diecast metal, it is still a neat toy. It has a spring-loaded wheelset, flashing landing lights, and an obnoxious electronic sound. This is available only at the Packer Pro Shop in Green Bay.
Green Bay Packer Boeing 747


This is a General Dynamics, now Lockheed Martin, F-16 Fighting Falcon dressed up in Green Bay Packer team colors. This detailed diecast model has working landing gear. It was available at ShopKo stores in the late 1990's.
Green Bay Packer Fighter Jet


Fleer released three new jets in Green Bay Packers colors in 2003. These jets are 1/100 scale. From left to right, they are the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom, Grumman F-14 Tomcat, and the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. The Tomcat even has realistic swing wings that rotate inward and outward just like the real Tomcat.
Green Bay Packer Fighter Jets


Fleer released the 1/48 scale F-18 Hornet in Green Bay Packers colors in late 2004. The Hornet has an interesting development history. It started as the YF-17 Cobra, which lost to the F-16 Falcon in a fly-off. The Navy picked up the F-17 project, and developed the F-18 Hornet, which replaced the A-6 as an attack airplane. The Hornet airframe was scaled up 30% to make the F-18E/F SuperHornet, which is replacing the F-14 Tomcat as our front line Navy air superiority fighter.
Green Bay Packer Fighter Jet


This is a Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit dressed up in Green Bay Packer team colors. The Spirit is more commonly known as the Stealth Bomber. The Spirit is unusual in that it is a flying wing and has no vertical tail. This model is a limited edition available only in 2003.
Green Bay Packer Stealth Bomber


These are a series of five snap-together airplanes in Green Bay Packers colors issued by Fleer in 2002. They are die-cut from a plastic card just slightly bigger than a credit card. You remove the parts and snap the airplanes together. The resulting aircraft are just over an inch long. The aircraft include a Bell 209 Helicopter (center), Rockwell B-1B Lancer (upper right), Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot (lower right), Sukhoi Su-35 Super Flanker (lower left), and the Saab AJ-37 Viggen (upper left).
Green Bay Packer Airplanes


This is a diecast Bell Jet Ranger helicopter painted in Green Bay Packers team colors. It was put out by Fleer (famous for baseball cards). The model is 1/43 scale, and it was only available in 2001 as a limited edition.
Green Bay Packer Helicopter


This is a second diecast Bell Jet Ranger helicopter painted in Green Bay Packers team colors. It was also put out by Fleer. The model is 1/43 scale, and it was only available in 2002 as a limited edition.
Green Bay Packer Helicopter


This is a third diecast Bell Jet Ranger helicopter painted in Green Bay Packers team colors. It was also put out by Fleer. The model is 1/43 scale, and it was only available in 2003 as a limited edition. This model has an additional detail as compared to the earlier years. Look for the radio antennas on the top of the cockpit and the rear of the fuselage.
Green Bay Packer Helicopter


This is a fourth diecast Bell Jet Ranger helicopter painted in Green Bay Packers team colors. It was also put out by Fleer. The model is 1/43 scale, and it was only available in 2004 as a limited edition.
Green Bay Packer Helicopter


This is a 1/48 scale McDonnell Douglas AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopter. The Apache is an attack helicopter that features a chain gun just under the nose, along with missiles and bombs carried on small side wings. The job of the Apache is to sneak up on the enemy by flying low to the ground, then pop up for the kill. The Longbow version of the Apache includes an improved radar system. You can see the large antenna module located above the main rotor. This model was available from Fleer as a numbered limited edition in 2003.
Green Bay Packer Apache Helicopter

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