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Grumman F-14D Tomcat Diecast Model
USN VX-9 Vampires, "Vandy 1", NAS Point Mugu, CA, 1999
This model features the striking all black livery with bat logo of the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE "Vampires" based at Point Mugu, California. The VX-9 Vampires are otherwise known as Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine. The squadron conducts operational testing of various aircraft and weapon systems in order to develop appropriate tactics and procedures. The unit also maintains a permanent F-14 Tomcat detachment at Point Mugu in California. As of 2000, VX-9 had 67 officers, 350 enlisted personnel and 28 aircraft including the FA-18E/F Super Hornet, FA-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, AV-8B Harrier, and AH-1 Cobra. Typically, aircrews are qualified in more than one of these aircraft types, increasing their versatility and providing broader based expertise to be applied to each project. VX-9's mission has grown to include the operational evaluation of attack, fighter, and electronic warfare aircraft, weapons systems and equipment, and to develop tactical procedures for their employment.