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.