Friday Cat Blogging – F-14 Tomcat

I know who my money’s on, Phoenix or no Phoenix:

Persian Gulf (Jan. 6, 2006) – An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) is directed into position for launch as an F/A-18C Hornet waits to launch also from the on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird (RELEASED)

Pic from Navy News Stand.

Also, from DefenseLINK, the official word on the long-dreaded news: Carrier Group Finishes OIF Support, Journeys Home

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is coming home (replaced in the area by the Ronald Reagan on her first deployment) and with her come the last of the Tomcats.

Here are a couple more Cat shots:

The above four pics from Navy News Stand’s F-14 Tomcat Final Deployment Photo Gallery

Here’s a story from the Roosevelt’s web site: The end of an era

And, finally, here’s a video that several readers gave me the heads- up on over the past week or so: Coolest Toy EVER!!

Murdoc wants one.


  1. Aww Come on Murdoc, Be fair – ‘I know who my money’s on, Phoenix or no Phoenix:’ I mean really; that’s an F-18C (or D?) anyway the E is much bigger and probably could carry the Phoenix if you wanted it to. But hey the Phoenix is old anyway. You should check out it’s potential replacement. See here for a good analysis on why the AIM-155 was canceled. Makes sense (sort of) as long as we can pick it up again on a moments notice. (humm talk about planning for the future) And see here for specs on the AIM-155. (270km range and can be carried by a Harrier? NICE!!) Nice pic here