Originally established as VF-81 in 1944; over the years the unit underwent several designation changes. In 1946 they became VF-13A, in 1948 they were VF-131 and 1950 saw them become VF-64. Their final designation as VF-21 Freelancers came in 1959 making them the third USN squadron to have this designation. In June 1990 VF-21 made its first deployment onboard USS Independence and completed its final deployment in November 1995. On January 1, 1996 VF-21 was disestablished and F-14A 161616 was sent to VF-101 and finally struck off charge in 1999.
Made famous by the Hollywood film Top Gun.< /i>, the F-14 replaced the F-4 Phantom II as the US Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter. This 1/72 scale, die cast model is a Hobby Master replica of a F-14A Tomcat, and features an opening canopy, detailed cockpit interior, authentic surface details, and a display stand. 10 ¾" wingspan.