#580 F-14A Tomcat

F-14A Tomcat
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43.8 cm x 29.2 cm
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F-14A Tomcat
161141 '101'
VF-154, CVW-5
NAS Atsugi, Japan
US - Navy
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 580 - F-14A Tomcat, 161141 \'101\', Fighter Squadron One FIve Four (VF-154), Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5). The Black Knights of Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE FOUR (VF-154) earliest roots date back to the establishment of VBF-718 on 1 July 1946 following World War II. Initially flying F6F Hellcats and F4U Corsairs, the squadron was redesignated VF-68A, then VF-837 in April 1951. VF-837 first saw combat in Korea while embarked in USS ANTIETAM (CV-36) flying F9F-2 Panthers. During February 1953, while en route to a second combat tour in Korea, the squadron was officially redesignated VF-154. On 15 June 1953, VF-154 flew 48 combat sorties in a single day in support of United Nation\'s ground forces, establishing a fleet record for jet squadrons. Over the next three decades the squadron would fly FJ-3 Furies, F-8D Crusaders and all four Navy variants of the F-4 Phantom II. VF-154 deployed to Southeast Asia on seven combat cruises between 1964 and 1973. During that same time frame the squadron received the CNO Aviation Safety Award, the \"Phatha\" Award acknowledging the Navy\'s top Phantom squadron, the Admiral Joseph C Clifton Award and the Navy\'s outstanding fighter squadron. VF-154 transitioned to the F-14A Tomcat in April 1984. In addition to their principle role as air superiority fighters, VF-154 is also the airwing TARPS squadron, responsible for providing tactical photo intelligence for the battle group. From the Yellow Sea to the Red Sea, the Straits of Malacca to the Strait of Hormuz, VF-154\'s Black Knights are proud of their great tradition and honored to be serving the call of duty in the interest of freedom the world over.