Grumman F-14A Tomcat – Miss Molly, VF-111 Sundowners (6 Phoenix Missile load)
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA5213B: Grumman F-14A Tomcat NL200 Miss Molly of VF-111 Sundowners, US Navy, USS Carl Vinson, 1989. This is a special release version of Miss Molly with a weapon load of 6 x AIM-54 Phoenix and 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. Only 72 imported into the UK.
Length 10.25 inches Wingspan 10.75 inches
On March 15, 1980 the USS Carl Vinson was launched and commissioned in 1982. The ship was named after Senator Carl Vinson considered the father of the modern US Navy. The honor of christening the ship was given to the Navy nurse who had been a long time nurse/aide to the Senator and his wife. Molly Snead AKA “Miss Molly” was also honored when a C-1A Trader transport was named after her. In 1989 the C-1A retired and the name and nose art were given to VF-111 F-14A 161621.
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.