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Grumman F-14D Tomcat Fighter Aircraft "VF-31 Tomcatters The Last Tomcat Cruise" (2006) United States Navy "Air Power Series" 1/72 Diecast Model by Hobby Master


Product Description

  • Brand new 1/72 scale diecast model of Grumman F-14D Tomcat Fighter Aircraft "VF-31 Tomcatters, The Last Tomcat Cruise" (2006) United States Navy "Air Power Series" die cast model by Hobby Master.
  • Brand new box.
  • Detailed exterior.
  • True-to-scale detail.
  • Includes pilot figure.
  • Has opening canopy.
  • Includes display stand.
  • Officially licensed product.
  • Detachable ordnance loads.
  • Manufacturer's original unopened packaging.
  • Dimensions approximately Length- 10.25, Wingspan- 10.75 inches.
  • Diecast metal and plastic construction for durability and a heavy, realistic feel.
  • It is a highly detailed and accurate model, perfect for collectors and enthusiasts of military history.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels, and surface details for an authentic representation of the real-life airplane.

The F-14D Tomcat, operated by VF-31 "Tomcatters," made its final operational cruise in March 2006, marking the end of an era for one of the most iconic aircraft in the history of naval aviation. VF-31, known for its distinctive "Felix the Cat" insignia, was one of the last squadrons to fly the F-14 Tomcat before its retirement. The F-14D, the final and most advanced variant of the Tomcat, featured upgraded avionics, enhanced engines, and improved weapons systems, making it a formidable presence in the skies.
Throughout its service, the F-14 Tomcat played a significant role in several conflicts, including the Gulf War, the Balkans, and operations in the Middle East. The F-14D's final deployment with VF-31 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) included participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where it provided critical air support and reconnaissance capabilities. The Tomcat's combination of speed, agility, and long-range strike capability made it an invaluable asset in maintaining air superiority and supporting ground forces during these operations.
The "Last Tomcat Cruise" in 2006 was a poignant moment for the aviation community, as VF-31 flew the F-14D in various missions over Iraq, demonstrating the aircraft's enduring capabilities even in its final days. This deployment was a testament to the F-14's remarkable service life, which spanned over three decades. Upon returning from this final cruise, VF-31 transitioned to the F/A-18E Super Hornet, signaling the end of the Tomcat's operational career but cementing its legacy as one of the most iconic fighter jets ever to serve with the U.S. Navy.
With authentic markings and intricate details, this 1:72 scale model is a must-have for collectors and aviation enthusiasts, honoring the end of an era for one of the most legendary aircraft in naval aviation history.

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