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At sea aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Dec. 24, 2001-- A row of F-14 “Tomcats” assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VF 102) await their next mission.  Theodore Roosevelt and her embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Carly Joy Cranston (Released)

Tomcat Tuesday – Episode 2

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 2 So, people seemed to really like last week’s Tomcat Tuesday… We suspected they might! We all love – and miss –  seeing this charismatic beast thundering through the skies, so we thought we would bring you a few more beautiful US Navy images of the Tomcat and her crews and maintainers in action. We did[Read More…]

by July 18, 2017 0 comments Articles, Tomcat Tuesday
The only recently restored Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2902. This aircraft flew with 245 Squadron during the Battle of France. Pilot Officer Kenneth McClashan put her down on a beach after tussling with a pair of Bf 109s on May 31st, 1940 during the desperate fight over Dunkirk. Her remains were recovered in the 1980s, and used to resurrect this historically significant airframe. (photo by Luigino Caliaro)

Flying Legends 2017 – Air Show Report

Flying Legends 2017 – Air Show Report Story and Photography by Luigino Caliaro This year saw the twenty fifth anniversary edition of the annual Flying Legends air show at former RAF Duxford, the Imperial War Museum’s facility near Cambridge, England. The locally-based Fighter Collection organizes the event, which has become the most important warbird display in Europe. This year’s show took on even greater significance as it[Read More…]

by July 17, 2017 1 comment Air Show Report
Aboard USS George Washington (February 2, 1998) -- A pilot from Fighter Squadron One Zero Two gives his F-14B “Tomcat” a pre flight inspection on the flight deck.   VF-102 and USS George Washington (CVN 73) are currently conducting operations in the Arabian Gulf during a six month deployment.  Official U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Joseph Hendricks.  (RELEASED)

Tomcat Tuesday – Episode 1

      Tomcat Tuesday! The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is easily the most iconic and well loved jet that the US Navy has ever fielded, and her absence in the skies is keenly felt by so many of us who grew up with this magnificent aircraft. So we thought none of you would mind a gratuitous post featuring some fabulous official images[Read More…]

The PBY as she looked in Puerto Rico when the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Project Association acquired her in 2013. Half a work away now, in Australia, the organization has made great strides in resurrecting this ocean-going behemoth. (photo by John Richard)

Rathmines Catalina Restoration Update – June, 2017

RATHMINES CATALINA RESTORATION UPDATE JUNE 2017 by Terry Woolard / Phil Buckley and Photos by John Richard WarbirdsNews last reported on the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association (RCMPA) and their efforts to restore their former US Navy Consolidated PBY5-A Catalina (Bu.48412) to static condition back in mid-2016 (click HERE). The project is located in the Rathmines area of Lake Macquarie, around 1.5hrs drive north of Sydney in New South Wales,[Read More…]

The XP-82 is getting really close to completion! (photo via Tom Reilly)

XP-82 Twin Mustang – June, 2017 – Restoration Update

WarbirdsNews has received the latest XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration update from Tom Reilly at his workshop in Douglas, Georgia, and we thought you would all be pleased to see the latest progress! Since the project is coming very close to completion, there are fewer and fewer major accomplishments that can be photographed. Therefore project updates will now come every two or three months[Read More…]