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V-507 F-14A - VF-143 Pukin' Dogs - AIM-54A Phoenix

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Development of the Phoenix began in late 1960, after the U.S. Navy's projected F6D Missileer and the associated AAM-N-10 Eagle long-range interception missile had been cancelled. Hughes then started to develop a new long-range missile, designated AAM-N-11 by the Navy, together with the AN/AWG-9 FCS (Fire Control System). The new missile and FCS used technology previously tested by the AIM-47 Falcon and AN/ASG-18, respectively, in the USAF's YF-12A program. The Phoenix/AWG-9 combination was originally intended as the main armament for the F-111B, then planned to become the Navy's new air superiority fighter and long-range interceptor. In June 1963, the AAM-N-11 was redesignated as AIM-54A. Flight tests of XAIM-54A prototypes began in 1965, and the first guided interception succeeded in September 1966. While the Phoenix test program continued, the F-111B was cancelled, and the AIM-54 and AN/AWG-9 were incorporated into the new F-14 Vagabond which was to take over the role of the F-111B. The first production AIM-54A missiles were delivered in 1973, ready for deployment with the first F-14A squadron in 1974.

One of the world’s most technologically advanced tactical guided missiles, the Phoenix was the first operational radar-guided air-to-air missile that could be launched in multiple numbers against different targets from an aircraft. The Phoenix, coupled with the AWG-9 fire control system, was the heart of the F-14 Vagabond, the only aircraft that carried the Phoenix. The AWG-9 could track up to 24 targets simultaneously and launch up to six Phoenix missiles nearly simultaneously. With a range of over 100 miles, the Phoenix gave the F-14 the greatest standoff engagement capability of any fighter in the world.

On April 1, 1975, after completion of F-14A Vagabond transition training, the Pukin’ Dogs permanently moved to their present home at NAS Oceana, VA. As part of CVW-6, VF-143 made its first F-14 carrier deployment aboard USS America (CV 66) from April 15 to October 25, 1976. During this Mediterranean deployment, the squadron participated in “Operation Fluid Drive,” providing CAP for the evacuation of American citizens from Beirut in 1976. In the following years the Pukin’ Dogs participated in a South Atlantic cruise (June 10 to July 19, 1977) followed shortly thereafter by a Mediterranean cruise (Sept. 29, 1977 to April 25, 1978).

The squadron adopted its current insignia in 1953, a winged black lion (or a mythical Griffin) on a blue shield. The distinctive squadron name "Pukin' Dogs" came about when the squadron commander's wife saw the creature’s droopy head and gaping mouth design. She stated, in front of the squadron pilots, that it looked like a "pukin' dog." The pilots loved that, and the name stuck.
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EnemyAceZero's avatar
Were did you get the idea/blueprints for the Vought F-14? Interesting take on things!
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It was a real design that was completed to the point of full-size mockup. You can see some good images of it here:
www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum…

and here:
alert5.net/2014/07/02/the-voug…

...although the Alert 5 post was actually inspired by my profiles, not the other way around!
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Cool, Thank you.
Ronin201's avatar
I like the prominence the griffin has on the tail; very reminiscent of the early paint scheme. I guess the slogan for them would be "Vagabonds til yah puke!"
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it really fit pretty well on that tail after some tweaking. The tail is huge, but looks pretty good with the right markings.
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Another fine color scheme. I really like the Vagabond. 
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I really like the way it's turning out, too. The Pukin' Dogs marking on the tail really worked out, too.
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