F-14A No.3, 157982, 1/72 Hasegawa
BuNo. 157982, First flown on 12/28/71 it was the third pre-production F-14A built. It was used primarily to determine flight characteristics. one such test was asymmetrical wing sweep. In a series of flights between 12/19/85 to 2/28/86 the right wing was lock forward at 20 degrees wing sweep, while the left wing was flown at 35,50.60 and 68 degrees. The last flight of No.3 was in 1990. being donated to the Cradle of Aviation museum in 1995, where she resides today in Hanger N0. 2, making it the oldest Tomcat in captivity. While doing research for it I noticed that in the inflight photos that the national insignia is on the top of both wings and after checking it out at the museum there on the bottom of both wings also. Don't know why.
The kit is first generation Hasegawa sent to me by Tom Bebout. I did modify the beaver tail with Wolfpack early beaver tail conversion set. it took a bit of surgery it not being meant for this kit.The gull gray on top was the last of my testors rattle can, the orange was again testors rattle can. Decals were botched together.
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