Tamiya 61118 Grumman F-14D Tomcat 1:48 Scale
The F-14D was designed to be the state-of-the-art multi-role fighter. Incorporating the same GE F110 engines of the F-14B, the F-14D received the APG-71, a naval version of the F-15’s APG-70 which allowed for look-down engagements over land (a weakness of the AWG-9). The F-14D also incorporated digital avionics, glass cockpit, Link 16 datalink, ASPJ ECM, NACES ejection seats, and a unique dual sensor on its chin with an infrared search/track set alongside the television camera. While the aircraft was the best fighter in the fleet, Grumman had evidently become the target of then-SECDEF Dick Cheney’s wrath and not only was the F-14D program scaled back, Cheney sought out a new fighter to replace the Tomcat from a company ‘not Grumman’. As the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets came online, the F-14 was phased out of service, with the last squadron standing down in 2006.