Calibre Wings CA721408 – 1/72 Scale F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model
Classic Cats Series
|Length||26.0 cm||10.23 in||Approx|
|Wingspan swept||16.1 cm||6.34 in||Approx|
|Wingspan spread||27.1 cm||10.70 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Optional ordnance
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Removable pilot & RIO figurines
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Movable sweep wings, horizontal stabilisers & airbrakes
- Interchangeable engine nozzles, open or closed positions
- Jet intake covers
- Wheel chocks
- Display stand not included.
1/72 Scale Grumman F-14A Tomcat, US Navy – Calibre Wings CA721408
Calibre Wings CA721408 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Vandy 1 of VX-4 “Evaluators”, US Navy, based at NAS Point Magu, California, USA, circa 1985.
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American tandem-seat, twin-engine maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defence interceptor, and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform. It is the largest and heaviest US fighter to operate from an aircraft carrier. Developed for the US Navy to carry the AIM-54 Phoenix missile, the first flight took place on December 21, 1970, entering service in 1974. Iran, the only other operator of the Tomcat, ordered 30 in 1974. The US Navy retired their last F-14s in 2006, but the type remains in service with the Iranian air force.
Airframe construction is mainly of titanium and aluminium with a semi-monocoque fuselage, tandem-seat cockpit, crewed by a pilot (front), and Radar Intercept Officer (rear). Flight instruments are a mixture of analog and digital.
Wings are a shoulder-mounted variable-sweep cantilever design; tail is also of cantilever design with twin fins and an all-moving tailplane. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type.
The F-14A uses two Pratt & Whitney TF30 afterburning low bypass turbofan jet engines; some received an upgrade to the General Electric GE F110. F-14Bs and -Ds use the GE F110-400. The F-14 has a maximum speed of 2,485 km/h (1,544 mph) and a combat range of 926 km (575 mi), a range of 3,000 km (1,800 mi) and a service ceiling of 16,000 m ( 53,000 ft ) plus.
Armament consists of a single 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon internally in the nose. Ten hard-points, six under the fuselage, two on the wing gloves, and two under the engine nacelles. Able to carry air-to-air missiles, bombs; both precision-guided and unguided, as well as drop tanks. Pods consist of TARPS, LANTIRN, ECM and RWR systems, chaff/flare dispensers.
VX-4 “Evaluators,” tail code XF, was an air test and evaluation squadron of the United States Navy based at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, USA. The unit, established in 1952, fly’s current operational aircraft, testing air-launched guided missiles, aircraft radar, and navigation systems. The unit disestablished in 1994.