Grumman F-14A Tomcat – #114, VF-1 Red Eagle, callsign “Ghostrider”, Maverick and Goose, Top Gun Movie 1986
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Calibre Wings 1/72 scale CA72TP02; Grumman F-14A Tomcat #114 Red Eagle, callsign “Ghostrider” of VF-1, US Navy, as flown by Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in the Top Gun Movie in 1986. Limited edition of 1,600 pieces.
This model has a “washed” paint finish with panel line shading. Display stand not included.
Length 10.25 inches Wingspan 10.75 inches
Smashing its way on to cinema screens thirty years ago, Top Gun was an immediate box office sensation. The highly regarded and popular film features an elite flying school where the top pilots are sent to refine their flying skills and earn the legendary status of Top Gun. VF-1 are actually the Wolf Pack in US Navy service, but uses the callsign Ghostrider for the movie. Also the red eagle badge on the tail is from VAW-110, which is a disbanded Hawkeye training squadron.
In 1969, the US Navy established its Fighter Weapons School (NFWS), more popularly known as TOPGUN, at NAS Miramar, California. Its objective was to develop, refine and teach air combat maneuvering tactics and techniques to selected fleet air crews flying against aggressor squadrons. The aggressor aircraft are flown by TOPGUN instructors in a way that simulates the tactics and capabilities of air forces deemed most likely to be a threat to the US. The NFWS merged into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at NAS Fallon, Nevada in 1996.
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.
The F-14 Tomcat was designed as both an air superiority fighter and a long-range naval interceptor. The F-14 has a two-seat cockpit with a bubble canopy that affords all-round visibility. It features variable geometry wings that swing automatically during flight. For high-speed intercept, they are swept back and they swing forward for lower speed flight. It was designed to improve on the F-4 Phantom’s air combat performance in most respects.
– 2 unique pilot figures with intricate helmet decoration
– canopy in open/close position
– landing gear in deployed (gear down) or “retracted” (gear up) in flight position via interchangeable cartridge parts
– variable sweep wings
– speed brakes in close/open positions
– interchangeable engine nozzles
– metal (brass) pitot tube
– special camera underbelly unit
– 2 glove vane pylons with 2 AIM-7 Sparrow & 2 AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
– deployable glove vanes