Armour Collection B11E400 US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - Henry Kleeman and David Venlet, VFA-41 "Black Aces", Gulf of Sidra, August 19th, 1981 (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 stunning 1:48 scale diecast replica of a US Navy F-14 Tomcat attached to the VFA-41 "Black Aces" during August 1981.
Release Date: March 2007
Historical Account: "The Line of Death" - Libya asserts that the entire gulf is Libyan territory with what is called the Gulf of Sidra closing line — 32 degrees, 30 minutes north with an exclusive fishing zone to 62 nm.
The US denies Libya the right to assert the claim and believes Libya has only a standard of a 12-mile (22.2 km) territorial limit from the country's shore. Libya believes it to be a territorial sea, not just a coastal area. In 1973 this was asserted by Libya's leader Muammar al-Gaddafi who dubbed it The Line of Death. In the Gulf of Sidra incident (1981), US-Libyan air engagement over territorial claim, two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter fighter aircraft were shot down by two US Navy F-14 Tomcats.
During the 1986 U.S. bombing of Libya, due to allegations of a bombing of a German disco, USAF captains Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci and Paul F. Lorence died when their F-111 was shot down over the gulf. Later in 1989, during what is referred to as Gulf of Sidra incident (1989), two Libyan MiG-23 Flogger Es aircraft were shot down when it was believed they may attack the U.S. fighters that were in the area, as happened in 1981. In this instance, the Flogger pilots were lost when they were fired on and successfully shot down after a series of missile launches.