Two years ago today, the United States Navy officially retired the F-14 Tomcat from active service. Any of us who came of age during the 80's remember watching this great plane in flicks like The Final Countdown and, of course, Top Gun. Anybody who ever wanted at one time to be a Naval Aviator (myself included) of this generation probably came to that desire because of the F-14, at least in part.
To the Grumman folks who designed and built them, to the brave men and women of the United States Navy who flew them in both peace and war in defense of our freedoms and Nation, I salute you all.
The retirement of an aircraft that served our Nation so well perhaps isn't the best moment to highlight, but the lifespan and service of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a finest hour for all those concerned!
Learn more about this great warplane at the F-14 Association's Site