Friday Cat Blogging – F14 Tomcat

It’s going to be Tomcats every other week until the Roosevelt gets home.

Pic from Navy News Stand:

Persian Gulf (Dec. 13, 2005) – Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Wilson Theodore directs an F-14D Tomcat into position for launch aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird (RELEASED)

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  1. OK, sorry, I’m stupid. Should have read the next post first. Last cruise, apparantly. It’s like a Vagner Opera… you think it’s going to finish about half way into it 😉

  2. Nicholas: The NAS Oceana Air Show was the last public appearance of the Tomcat, so they had a bunch of ‘farewell’ stuff going on. And the two squadrons that performed at the show retired their ships when the show was over. The two squadrons on the Big Stick are the last ones, and they’ll be retired when they get back in three months or so. And yeah, I’m sorta dragging out the whole F-14 Tomcat Retirement thing. Sad Sad Sad.

  3. The only thing that would make me feel better about the F14 retiring would be an announcement that they weren’t going to be replaced by the superbug, but by navalised two-seater F23s. Well, to be honest, that or flocks of navalised ucavs. Or space-capable hypersonic fighter bombers. Or UFOs. But the F23s would be sweet.