Kit #AA2026. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1972, the U.S. Navy issued a request for proposals for the next generation V/STOL close-support fighter to follow the McDonnell-Douglas AV-8A. The design requested included supersonic speed capability, and the ability to operate from small ships. Rockwell International responded with the "thrust-augmented wing" design. The Navy was interested in this concept and Rockwell was fully funded for the development of one mockup and one prototype, designated XFV-12A. It used a modified 30,000lb thrust engine to run ducted air from engine sides to the tilting ejector flap in the canard and main wings. The flap could rotate in pointing vertical for take off and landing. The first hover-rig test was taken in 1978 but the result of the vertical flight mode was not successful as the exhaust thrust was less than expected. Due to cost over-runs, and no improvements during testing, Navy decided to cancel the project in 1981.