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Hachette Collections Combat Aircraft HADC38
Grumman F-14D Tomcat Diecast Model
USN VF-213 Blacklions, AJ213, USS Theodore Roosevelt, Last F-14 Cruise 2006

1:100 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman F-14D Tomcat   7.5"   7.75"

US Navy Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) Blacklions was established on June 22nd, 1955 at Moffet Field, California, flying the F2H Banshee. The squadron transitioned to the F4D Skyray and F3H Demon before relocating to NAS Miramar. They upgraded to the F-4B Phantom II in 1964 and continued to operate this type until they switched to the F-14A Tomcat in September 1976. They flew the F-14A for more than twenty years before upgrading to the F-14D Super Tomcat in 1997 as they relocated, once more, this time to NAS Oceana. The squadron made it's final cruise with the Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2005-2006. After nearly 30 years with the Tomcat, VF-213 was redesignated VFA-213 in 2006 and transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

Grumman F-14D 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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Hachette Collections Combat Aircraft

The Hachette Collections "Combat Aircraft" range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft. To help keep the price down, these items arrive in low-cost, discardable blister type packaging.

Hachette Collections "Combat Aircraft" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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