The Grumman F-14 Tomcat, a multipurpose combat aircraft, was introduced in the U.S. Navy in 1974. It was the first of the teen-fighter series, developed using expertise gained from dogfights with Soviet MiGs during the Vietnam War. It assisted with U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam in 1974 (operating off the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and had its first aerial kill on August 19, 1981, during the Gulf of Sidra incident. Though it remains in service in Iran, it was retired from active U.S. duty in 2006, replaced by the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
Made by Hobby Master, this 1/72 scale, die cast model — a replica of an F-14A operating with the VF-84 "Jolly Rogers" off the USS Nimitz in 1977 — features that aircraft's signature skull and crossbones tail, engraved panel lines, an opening canopy, a well-equipped two-seat cockpit (with instrument panels and two removable pilot figures), realistic air intake and afterburning engine exhaust nozzles, a lethal assortment of weaponry (including drop tanks, and Sidewinder/Sparrow missiles), position-able swept wings, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and a stylish presentation stand. Measures approximately 10½" long with a 10½" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA5211