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001617 Corgi   F-14D Tomcat - VF-213 Blacklions, AJ213, Last Cruise (1,200) £ 0.00
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  Century Wings 001617: Grumman F-14D Tomcat in the livery of VF-213 Blacklions, AJ213, USS Theodore Roosevelt, Last F-14 Cruise 2006. Limited edition of only 1,200 pieces.

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.

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 landing, plus better turns 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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