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F-14A Tomcat USN VF-114 Aardvarks, NH105, USS Kitty Hawk 

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F-14A Tomcat USN VF-114 Aardvarks, NH105, USS Kitty Hawk

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US Navy Bombing/Fighter Squadron 19 (VBF-19) was established on January 20th, 1945 flying the F6F Hellcat. The squadron transitioned to the F4U Corsair before and was re-designated more than once before ultimately becoming Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) "Executioners" in February 1950. The squadron saw action during the Korean War and traded it's Corsairs for the F9F Panther upon return to the US. After flying the F2H Banshee and F3H Demon, VF-114 upgraded to the F-4 Phantom II in 1961 and adopted the new name of "Aardvarks". The Aardvarks flew the Phantom for 14 years before switching to the F-14 Tomcat in December 1975. Finally, after participating in Operation Desert Storm, VF-114 was disestablished in 1993 along with several other active F-14 squadrons.

About the Grumman F-14 Tomcat: The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a fourth-generation, supersonic, twinjet, two-seat,variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during theVietnam War.

The F-14 first flew in 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 reconnaissance platform. In the 1990s, it added the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system and began performing precision ground-attack missions.

The Tomcat was retired from the U.S. Navy's active fleet on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E and F Super Hornets. As of 2014, the F-14 was in service with only the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, having beenexported to Iran in 1976, when the U.S. had amicable diplomatic relations with Iran.

Info:   F-14A Tomcat USN VF-114 Aardvarks, NH105, USS Kitty Hawk, 1978 Diecast Model


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  1. Excellent, but overpriced 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jun 2016

    Here's another Century F-14, a different paint job on the same model. All of them have been exceptional in their accuracy and options. I bought my first one about 5 years ago for around $75. This version is twice as much! It is a worthy companion to the Hobby Master F-4 with the same livery.