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Calibre Wings 1:72 Aircraft CA721405
Grumman F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model
USN VF-143 Pukin Dogs, AG100, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

Limited Edition

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman F-14A Tomcat   10.25"   10.75"

US Navy Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) Pukin Dogs was the new designation given to VF-821 on April 1st, 1958. The squadron transitioned from the F4U Corsair through the F3H Demon and F-4 Phantom II before upgrading to the F-14 Tomcat in 1974. The Pukin Dogs deployed several times on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Saratoga, USS George Washington and USS John C. Stennis. They deployed with the F-14 for the last time aboard the USS George Washington in 2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2005, VF-143 finally bid farewell to the F-14 and transitioned to the F/A-18E Super Hornet, being redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143).

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Designed to carry the formidable long range AIM-54 Phoenix missile, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was first flown on December 21st, 1970. Made famous by the Hollywood film Top Gun, the F-14 replaced the F-4 Phantom II as the US Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter. Its design includes a variable geometry wing that can sweep back for high speed supersonic intercepts and forward for improved positioning in air to air dogfights. Nicknamed "Bombcat," the F-14 spent much of its late career in an air-to-ground role, carrying the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) system.

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Calibre Wings have designed their tooling to include many features that are important to F-14 fans, including a couple that aren't currently offered by the competition:

  • Martin Baker GRU-7 ejection seats (for A/B version)
  • Realistic pilot & RIO figures
  • Canopy in open or closed position
  • Working glove vanes
  • Positional airbrakes
  • Movable sweep wings & horizontal stablizers
  • Interchangeable engine nozzles in open or closed positions
  • Landing gears extended or stored
  • Jet intake covers
  • Wheel chocks
  • Rubber tires
  • Pay load ordnance (based on operational readiness)
  • Deluxe display stand
  • Limited edition serialised metal plate
  • Collector's box

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Calibre Wings 1:72 Aircraft

The Calibre Wings 1:72 rage range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Calibre Wings 1:72 diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Selected moveable control surfaces.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Detailed pilot and crew figures.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.

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