Calibre Wings 1/72nd scale CA72JR03 Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-84 Jolly Rogers 1977 Cruise. Buy now online at Flying Tigers.
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a twin-engine, variable sweep wings capable of supersonic flight. The aircraft is crewed by a Pilot and a Radar Intercept Officer who share the tasks of navigation, Navy and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force only. The name “Tomcat” is said to come from the call-sign used by Vice Admiral Thomas Connolly which conformed to the USN tradition of giving Grumman aircraft feline names.
The original “Jolly Rogers” was VF-17, established in 1943. In 1946 they were re-designated VF-5B and then VF-61. In 1959 they were disestablished freeing up the name “Jolly Rogers”. The original VF-84 was formed in 1944 as the “Wolf Gang” and deactivated in May 1945. During the Korean War VF-921 became VF-84 and then became VA-86 in 1955. A new VF-84 was created called the “Vagabonds”. With the dissolution of VF-61, VF-84 became “Jolly Rogers”. In 1995 the 84th was deactivated and VF-103 “Sluggers” took the name and skull and cross bones emblem in an effort to save the “Jolly Rogers”.