Century Wings 1/72nd scale CW001635 Grumman F-14A Tomcat US Navy VF-126 Bandits NFWS 30 1995 Miramar CA . 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, target acquisition, ECM and weapons usage. The Tomcat was operated by the United States 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.
Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) was an aggressor squadron of the U.S. Navy. The squadron was originally established as Attack Squadron 126 (VA-126) on 6th April 1956, it was redesignated VF-126 on 15th October 1965 and disestablished on 1st April 1994.
The United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (SFTI program), more popularly known as TOPGUN, teaches fighter and strike tactics and techniques to selected naval aviators and naval flight officers, who return to their operating units as surrogate instructors. It began as the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, established on 3rd March 1969, at the former Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. In 1996, the school was merged into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.