VF-211 operated the F-14 Tomcat for 30 years (1975-2005), including the A and B models. The livery depicted in these skins represents the 2000-2002 period, during which the Checkmates won numerous awards for their combat strike-fighter effectiveness.
In 2000, VF-211 joined USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for its Millennium Cruise. Over a four-month period in the Arabian Gulf, the Checkmates led the air wing conducting 16 precision strikes in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Checkmates deployed with Carrier Air Wing Nine, in an accelerated schedule that had VF-211 aircraft flying combat missions over Afghanistan by December. The Checkmates left their mark on Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during a three-week battle named Operation ANACONDA where they flew day and night sorties to defend coalition forces and eliminate Al-Qaeda resistance. The Checkmates returned after flying 1,250 combat missions and were then assigned to Carrier Air Wing One.
VF-211’s performance in 2002 was recognized throughout the fleet. For their achievements, they earned the West Coast Battle “E” for battle efficiency from Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet, the Grand Slam Award for excellence in Air-to-Air employment fromby Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet, and the Clifton Award for the most outstanding overall performance in battle efficiency and employment from Commander Naval Air Forces. Additionally, for their precision and innovation in strike warfare, they awarded the coveted VADM “Sweetpea” Allen Precision Strike Award.
Represented in this livery pack are 9 jets from early 2001:
NG100 BuNo 159428
NG101 BuNo 162696
NG102 BuNo 161607
NG103 BuNo 158635
NG104 BuNo 158618
NG110 BuNo 158628
NG111 BuNo 161295
NG112 BuNo 158637
NG114 BuNo 161622
NG115 BuNo 161297
Every Jet is unique and Features accurate crew names and custom weathering.
The aim with the Pack is to be as faithful as possible to the real deal and still take artistic liberty to make things look good in DCS.
-Photo Based textures
-Custom LANTIRN textures
-Unique Weathering for every Jet
-Decals are custom designed
Version 1.1 has updated wing decals, LANTIRN Textures and Various fixes.
ADDED in Version 2: NG115 BuNo 161297
The Download link is found in the attached .txt file
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