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Grumman’s F-14 Tomcat Scrapbook


The Tomcat was the successor of the ill-fated F-111B aircraft carrier-based fighter.  The first prototype flew on December 21, 1970, and was introduced operationally in 1974, just missing combat in the skies over Vietnam. One original mission was to defend carrier task forces from attacks from the Soviet Union in case of World War III. 

The aircraft in use with the U.S. Navy were upgraded through a series of electronic and powerplant improvements. After the initial F-14A, the F-14A+ and F-14B swapped Pratt and Whitney engines for General Electric powerplants. The Super Tomcat, known as F-14D, added more flexibility, including the capability of dropping Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) too.

The only export of this Grumman model went to the Imperial Iranian Air Force, who used them heavily during their war with Iraq during the 1980s. 

The U.S. Navy’s jets were slowly retired during the 1990s, although the type fought during the 1991 Gulf War. As newer F/A-18 Hornet versions were fielded, Tomcat squadrons switched to the Super Hornet. The final squadron retired their F-14s in late 2006.

Here’s a look at the Tomcat through the eyes and lenses of a number of and photographers, enjoy!

One More Look… AirVenture 2021 Warbirds


Here’s one more look at this year’s group of warbirds which took part in the big show in Oshkosh.  These are all by Scott Jankowski and Del Laughery… enjoy!

The 2021 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Warbird Photo Album #3




Here’s a third peek at some of the warbirds present at the 2021 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Warbirds were in the air during most of the daily air shows throughout the week. A daily presentation in the Warbird area brought pilots, owners, and veterans together to discuss some of the history behind the planes and the people who flew them in the past and in the present. Here’s out last scrapbook of some of the planes that were present.

The 2021 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Warbird Photo Album #2



The 2021 EAA AirVenture event presented the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II (Plus One) – as the 2020 planned event celebrating the end of the war was cancelled due to the COVID 19 worldwide outbreak. A large group of World War II aircraft were present on the grounds throughout the week, although attendance dropped a bit during the last few days ahead of a mid-week severe weather event outbreak over Wednesday night.  Here’s a second look at some of the warbirds present – both World War II veterans and other eras. Look for a third warbird scrapbook next week too!