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At sea with USS George Washington (CVN 73) Oct. 14, 2002 -- An F-14 "Tomcat" from the “Jolly Rogers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) flies over the Mediterranean Sea at sunset. The George Washington, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is participating in the NATO exercise “Destined Glory 2002.” Washington and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) are approaching the end of scheduled deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.  U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Dana Potts.  (RELEASED)

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 4

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 4 Here is another selection of terrific official photographs of our much-missed naval fighter strutting her stuff… alongside the amazing men and women who flew and maintained ‘the last of the Cats.’ We thought you’d particularly enjoy the opening photograph of the Tomcat punching through her self-induced vapor cloud. Thanks to all of you who’ve been writing in,[Read More…]

Operation Enduring Freedom (Aug. 8, 2002) -- An F-14 "Tomcat" assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) conducts a mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter. The Tomcat’s primary missions are air superiority, fleet air defense and precision strike against ground targets.  U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Dana Potts.  (RELEASED)

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 3

Tomcat Tuesday! – Episode 3 After a week’s hiatus for the madness and magic of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, we thought we’d start off our return with the third episode of Tomcat Tuesday. Here is another selection of terrific official photographs of our much-missed naval fighter strutting her stuff… alongside the amazing men and women who flew and maintained ‘the last of[Read More…]

by August 1, 2017 0 comments Aviation Photography, Tomcat Tuesday
A VETERAN’S STORY: Battle of the Heavyweights

A VETERAN’S STORY: Battle of the Heavyweights

By Pete Mecca Analogous to Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Richard Ira “Dick” Bong and Thomas Buchanan McGuire were the heavyweight fighter jocks of World War II. Unlike Ali and Frazier, the two fighter aces were heavyweights due to their skills and kills behind the stick of the P-38 Lightning, not due to their physical stature or strength. Likewise, Bong[Read More…]

by July 21, 2017 3 comments A veteran's Story, Articles
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
An F-4D Phantom II assigned to the 507th Tactical Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserves at Tinker, shown on the flight line during a training deployment during the 1980s. This jet wears a Vietnam-era MiG-kill marking in the form of a red and yellow star on the intake splitter-plate. (Courtesy photo by Don Jay)

USAF History: F-4 Phantoms at Tinker AFB

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is the most significant fighter aircraft of the 20th Century. First flown on May 27, 1958, the Phantom II entered service with the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The Air Force’s initial version was the F-4C which first flew in 1963. For the most part, this article will focus on the versions operated[Read More…]

by July 17, 2017 0 comments Articles, USAF History