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Grumman F-14 Tomcat flyby

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Grumman F-14 Tomcat flyby Taken at the former El Toro Marine Air Station back in 1990 or 1991 -- back when the F-14 was a common sight around Naval installations. Retired from active duty in 2006, the Tomcat was, and still is, the highest performance aircraft that the US Navy has ever had in its inventory. The newer F/A-18 Super Hornet is still not as fast or maneuverable as the Tomcat. So why was it retired? The Tomcat managed to survive for over 30 years as an active duty front line fighter aircraft despite its always having to deal with a couple of deficits. One is that the F-14 has always been a high-maintenance aircraft, and the second is that the F-14 was originally designed to be a mobile platform for the Phoenix missile. The Phoenix was an awesome piece of hardware in its day, but it was late 60s/early 70s technology and thoroughly obsolesced by the time the F-14 was called into active duty for the first Gulf War. But the F-14 was updated so it could be a platform for whatever was current in the Navy's arsenal, but even so it remained a high-maintenance aircraft. So when the bean counters started slashing budgets, the F-14 got caught up in the cuts and fell by the wayside. It's a shame. The Navy isn't even keeping any for active reservists to train on. Too expensive, don't you know. Yet other aircraft, like the little A-6, may be totally outclassed by many other fighters, but it's still around. Too bad the F-14 isn't.

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