More on the F-14’s final bow

Oceana Airshow – Farewell, Toms

I missed this Instapinch post on the air show mentioned in Friday’s cat blogging. Good stuff, with pics taken by the author. A tail with squadron insignia of every Tomcat squadron ever was on display.

More here. And Tomcat reminisces. Instapinch was a Tomcat driver.

He’s also got a pic of 4,000 feet of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Basically, what I’m saying is keep an eye on Instapinch. He doesn’t post a whole lot, but when he does it’s always worth your time.


  1. Ya Murdoc The F-14 Tomcat was one of a kind just like the F-4 Phantom. Both 2-seater fast movers could dump lots of ordinance on the bad guys and still mix it up with the best fighters the Ruskies could come up with. Gone but not forgotten!

  2. I still can’t get over the decision to get rid of the F-14. I marvel at the bizarre goings on in Washington. Let’s not forget what Eisenhower said about the Military-Industrial Complex. P.S. Searching for information about the decision to ditch the F-14 was how I found this blog in the first place 🙂 P.P.S. I’m still having sporradic problems with my comments not showing up immediately after I post them until I hit reload (using Firefox on Win32).

  3. Well…the demise of the F-14 is a long and somewhat sad story…lol Go back to when it was developed, and the advanced technology (then) of the AWG-9 radar system and the associated Phoenix missile system meant we couldn’t simply sell the dang thing to just anyone. The only foreign military sales (FMS) went to the Shah’s Iran who ended up getting 79 of the 80 they bought (number 80 was ready for delivery when the Shah was overthrown). So, unlike the F-4, the A-4, the current F-18 and the like, there was no huge foreign sales market to keep up the production line – and this was an expensive plane to build and maintain (after a time). Plus, as much as I loved the Grumman folks unfortunately the aircraft was built in one of the highest-rent districts in the US – Long Island. Add in the fact that the F-18, when it ramped up a significant production capability with FMS to Spain, Canada, and a few others, and with (especially) the demise of the Soviet Union and the associated requirement to combat the Soviet long-range bombers in the war-at-sea conflict, a long range, high speed aircraft (F-14) with an even longer range missile (Aim 54 Phoenix) was deemed to me not needed any more. There is more, but that is it in a nutshell.