Final flight of the F-14 Tomcat

Here are some stories on Saturday’s event:

Navy retires F-14, the coolest of cold warriors

Navy’s ‘Top Gun’ Tomcat Fighter Jet Makes Ceremonial Final Flight

F-14 Tomcat takes sunset flight

The F-14 Tomcat Roars Off Into The Sunset

F-14 Tomcat Makes Its Final Flight

FAREWELL, TOMCATS: F-14 officially retires

A shot of an Independence Tomcat back in the day:

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A flight deck crewman prepares to signal the pilot of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft for takeoff from the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. 6 Dec 1983

And Tom’s old friends the Rooskies:

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An air-to-air right side view of a[n] F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51) as it intercepts a Soviet Tu-95 Bear-A/B aircraft. 15 Oct 1979


  1. I remember a day when we used to retire fighters with hardly a glance back because everyone was more excited about the airplane replacing it than they were sad about the one retiring. My how our once mighty defense industry has fallen.

  2. Soviet F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51)’ Soviet F-14 eh? I know commies liked to reverse engineer our aircraft- but intercepting their own aircraft with copied planes!