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001618 Corgi   F-14A Tomcat - VF-114 Aardvarks, USS Kitty Hawk (1,200) £
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  Century Wings 001618: Grumman F-14A Tomcat of VF-114 Aardvarks, NH105, USS Kitty Hawk, 1978. Production limited to only 1,200 pieces.

US Navy Bombing/Fighter Squadron 19 (VBF-19) was established on January 20th, 1945 flying the F6F Hellcat. The squadron transitioned to the F4U Corsair before and was redsesignated more than once before ultimately becoming Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) "Executioners" in February 1950. The squadron saw action during the Korean War and traded it's Corsairs for the F9F Panther upon return to the US. After flying the F2H Banhsee and F3H Demon, VF-114 upgraded to the F-4 Phantom II in 1961 and adopted the new name of "Aardvarks". The Aardvarks flew the Phantom for 14 years before switching to the F-14 Tomcat in December 1975. Finally, after participating in Operation Desert Storm, VF-114 was disestablished in 1993 along with several other active F-14 squadrons.

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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