US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - "Thief of Baghdad", VF-24 "Fighting Renegades" (1:48 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Built for speed and armed with ultra long-range weapons. It's no wonder that the F-14 Tomcat is the main defender of the US fleet. The Tomcat's AWG-9 radar has the ability to engage as many as six targets at once, which is the same number of targets that can be engaged by three F-18 Hornets. Additionally, it's Phoenix air-to-air missiles can kill hostile bombers 90 miles away -- before they can launch their attacks. With its distinctive swing-wings, which enables it to combine high-speed performance and supersonic maneuverability, the F-14 Tomcat is undeniably one of the world's true "Top Guns".
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter dubbed "Thief of Baghdad", that was attached to VF-24 "Fighting Renegades". Sold Out!
Release Date: March 2009
Historical Account: "Operation Coyote" - In 1983, VF-24 and the rest of Carrier Air Wing 9 was reassigned to USS Ranger as part of Battle Group Echo and were deployed by Central American operations and a WESTPAC which included 121 concurrent days of Indian Ocean Operations, the longest of any conventional powered aircraft carrier to date. The move to USS Ranger was due to that the Constellation had have F/A-18 capability added and the Ranger cruise was nick-named “DeathCruise '83/'84”” due to the loss of 11 crewmen. In August 1984, VF-24 and her airwing began workups with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) with another WESTPAC and Indian Ocean cruise in July 1985.
In April 1986, VF-24 was called upon to execute Operation Coyote which involved positioning four fully mission capable F-14’s, accompanying aircrew and over 150 maintenance personnel and necessary spare parts over 2,000 miles away within 46 hours. From the time of execute order to go, aircraft were on deck in Adak, Alaska in less than 30 hours. This fast paced, strategically significant mission continued for seven days, despite limited command and control assets and an extremely difficult environment at Adak. Mission intercepts, employing innovative planning and tactics, of Soviet reconnaissance aircraft were well beyond expected range and were determined to be an overwhelming success. In October 1986, the Fighting Renegades surpassed the 3 years Foreign Object Damage free mark; an accomplishment no other F-14 fighter squadron. VF-24 deployed in January 1987, aboard USS Kitty Hawk for a six-month around-the-world cruise. The Fighting Renegades were awarded the 1986 CNO Aviation Safety Award, completed over 20,500 mishap free flight hours, achieved a record setting 97 consecutive days Full Mission Capable aircraft readiness, initiated air-to-air banner gunnery launches from the deck of USS Kitty Hawk and completed its 3rd consecutive FOD free cruise. Upon returning to NAS Miramar, VF-24 was again selected to deploy to Adak, Alaska for their second Operation Coyote mission. VF-24 was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation and Navy Expeditionary Medal for the 1987 deployment.