- Realistic collectible model
- Diecast & plastic parts
- Highly detailed
- Display stand included.
- Measures 10.25” L x 10.75” Wingspan
- Box dimensions: 12.0” L x 12.0” L x 4.2” H
- Display model, recommended for hobbyists and collectors 14 years and above.
This highly detailed Hobby Master model is a replica of F-14A 161621 which was delivered to VF-21 in 1984 and served with VF-111, VF-213, VF-124 and VF-154 “Black Knights”. In 1989 while with VF-111 the aircraft was given the nose art “Miss Molly”. VF-154 received F-14As in October 1983 and in 1998 took possession of F-14A 161621. In 1991 VF-154 moved to NAF Atsugi, Japan. On March 2 1999 while on board the USS Kitty Hawk VF-154 F-14A 161621, piloted by Lt. Baxter with CAG Captain McHarg along completed the1000th trap before retiring the aircraft in 2004.
As with most Hobby Master models this F-14A features engraved panel lines, antennas, surface details an opening canopy, a well-appointed cockpit, full weapons complement, optional-position landing gear, authentic squadron markings, and a display stand.
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. It was the first such American jet fighter with twin tails. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program. The F-14 was the first of the American Teen Series fighters, which were designed incorporating air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.
The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970 and made its first deployment in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor, and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform into the 1990s. The Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system were added in the 1990s and the Tomcat began performing precision ground-attack missions.
In the 1980s, F-14s were used as land-based interceptors by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force during the Iran–Iraq War, where they saw combat against Iraqi warplanes. Iranian F-14s reportedly shot down at least 160 Iraqi aircraft during the war, while only 12 to 16 Tomcats were lost; at least half of these losses were due to accidents.
The Tomcat was retired from the U.S. Navy's active fleet on 22 September 2006, having been replaced by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The F-14 remains in service with the Iranian Air Force, having been exported to Iran in 1976. F-14s operated by the IRIAF have recently seen use against ISIL in the Middle East, and have been recorded escorting and accompanying Russian Air Force Tu-95 and Tu-160 strategic bombers on missions over Syria.