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Century Wings 1/72 Grumman F-14D Tomcat Diecast Model USN VX-9 Vampires, "Vandy 1", NAS Point Mugu, CA, 1999

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First Available: August 2013 Limited Edition
ITEM NO. 001601 (Limited 1200pcs)
Century Wings 1:72 Wings of Heroes 001601
Grumman F-14D Tomcat Diecast Model
USN VX-9 Vampires, "Vandy 1", NAS Point Mugu, CA, 1999

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Century Wings 1/72 Grumman F-14D Tomcat Diecast Model USN VX-9 Vampires, "Vandy 1", NAS Point Mugu, CA, 1999

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

ITEM NO. 001601 (Limited 1200pcs)
Century Wings 1:72 Wings of Heroes 001601

This model features the striking all black livery with bat logo of the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE "Vampires" based at Point Mugu, California. The VX-9 Vampires are otherwise known as Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine. The squadron conducts operational testing of various aircraft and weapon systems in order to develop appropriate tactics and procedures. The unit also maintains a permanent F-14 Tomcat detachment at Point Mugu in California. As of 2000, VX-9 had 67 officers, 350 enlisted personnel and 28 aircraft including the FA-18E/F Super Hornet, FA-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, AV-8B Harrier, and AH-1 Cobra. Typically, aircrews are qualified in more than one of these aircraft types, increasing their versatility and providing broader based expertise to be applied to each project. VX-9's mission has grown to include the operational evaluation of attack, fighter, and electronic warfare aircraft, weapons systems and equipment, and to develop tactical procedures for their employment.

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.

Century Wings' 1:72 scale F-14 is exceptionally rich in detail with every access panel, exhaust vent and antenna faithfully reproduced. Crisp pad-printed markings cover the entire airframe and a detailed selection of weapons is provided. The hinged canopy locks securely in place leaving almost no visible gap, and inside is a detailed cockpit with removable crew figures. The landing gear and doors are reproduced as robust sub-assemblies for easy display. The standard release features an articulated swing wing, and certain special releases feature the aircraft in "launch configuration" with wings fixed in the full-forward position, leading and trailing edge flaps permanently deployed and the nose-gear compressed with launch bar extended.

Century Wings 1:72 Wings of Heroes

The Century Wings "1:72 Wings of Heroes" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Century 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 removable 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.

Additional Information

Show on Homepage F-14D "Vandy 1"
Diecast Toy Manufacturer Century Wings
Manufacturer No
Country United States
Scale 1:72
Type Jet Aircraft
Series F-14
Color Black