Calibre Wings CA721413 – 1/72 Scale F-14D 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 open or close positions & deployable arrestor hook
- Interchangeable engine nozzles, open or closed positions
- Jet intake covers & wheel chocks
- Display stand not included.
1/72 Scale Grumman F-14D Tomcat, US Navy – Calibre Wings CA721413
Calibre Wings diecast model CA721413 replicates in 1/72 scale the Grumman F-14D Tomcat, s/n 161858 of VF-31 “Tomcatters”, tail code AJ/100, US Navy, with Carrier Air Wing – 8 (CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), 2006, the “Last F-14 Cruise”.
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 it 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.
F-14As 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).
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, drop tanks, mission-specific pods.
The Final Cruise
The closing deployment for the F-14 took place from September 2005 to March 2006 with VF-31 and VF-213. As part of CVW-8, embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt in support of the war in Iraq.