The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was a twin-engine that was capable of supersonic flight. The name "Tomcat" is said to have come from the call-sign used by Vice Admiral Thomas Connolly which complied to the U.S. Navy tradition of assigning Grumman aircraft feline names. The VF-111 "Sundowners" began flying the Grumman F-14A Tomcat in October 1978 and deployed twice onboard the USS Kitty Hawk. In March 1983, VF-111 sailed with the USS Carl Vinson on its maiden world cruise. During the eight months of deployment, VF-111 carried out 1,400 carrier landings and 3,000 flight hours.
With bright red "Sundowners" markings on the tail and shark decal on the front, the 1/72 scale, Hobby Master, die cast model of an F-14A Tomcat recreates one flown by VF-111 while stationed aboard the USS Carl Vinson in 1986: just three years after the carrier's maiden world cruise. It features interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear that can be shown in the down or up positions, a presentation stand, authentic detachable ordnance loads, sweeping wings, and an opening canopy that reveals a cockpit interior. It measures 10" long and 11" wide.