The VF-31 "Tomcatters" received the F-14A Tomcat in 1981, before replacing it with the F-14D Super Tomcat in 1992. On their voyage home from Operation Enduring Freedom, aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, the squadron was ordered back to help in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002. Since VF-31 was deployed over Christmas, their F-14D (164601) was selected to be painted a Santa theme over the aircraft's Felix the Cat. 10½" wingspan.
This 1/72 scale, Hobby Master, die cast replica, as it appeared in the VF-31, "Santa Tomcatters" in 2002, features authentic markings and hand-painted detail, an opening canopy, optional-position landing gear, a removable pilot figure, and a display stand. 10½" long.
Hobby Master: HA5223