I noted last fall that the AIM-54 Phoenix missile had been retired. And now the day we dreaded is near:
Even when it was re-tooled with a superb capability to drop precision guided munitions and re-fitted with digital flight controls, the days of the Tomcat are numbered. The last two squadrons are preparing for the last cruise to the Med and the CENTCOM arena, returning in February to one last hurrah at NAS Oceana. From an aircraft recognition point of view, after Feb 2006, if you see a F-14 flying, it ain’t one of ours!