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Tomcat’s Final Flight

Jack Dorsey writes in the Virginian-Pilot about what happens to old airplanes, like the F-14 Tomcats the Navy’s taking out of service.

I remember my first airshow experience seeing what, at the time, was the almost brand new F-14 in action – at Patuxent River Naval Airstation in the mid-70’s.

With the wings fully swept, the pilot brought his airplane across show center, quickly rolled into a 90 degree bank to the right as the wings came forward, completed the tightest turn I’d ever seen right in front of the crowd, lit both afterburners and rocketed skyward. Wow!