CX747
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VF-14 & 41 On Last Tomcat Cruise.

Sat Aug 18, 2001 12:11 pm

VF-14 "Tophatters" and VF-41 "Black Aces" are currently onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise with their F-14As. This will be their last cruise with the Tomcat, and when the Big E arrives back Stateside, both squadrons will move their nests from NAS Oceana, Virginia to NAS Lemoore, California where they will transition to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. It will definately be different to see these two squadrons colors on something different than the Tomcat  Crying

VF-41: First to Fight, First to Strike and now First to Leave.
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RE: VF-14 & 41 On Last Tomcat Cruise.

Sat Aug 18, 2001 4:19 pm

 Sad that makes me unhappy. Does anyone know what they plan to do with the Phoenix missles? Are they going into storage or will they just be destroyed?
 
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RE: VF-14 & 41 On Last Tomcat Cruise.

Sun Aug 19, 2001 3:39 am

that really sucks about them transitioning to the super hornet. but at least i've been getting some really great pictures of them here in the mid east. i gotta say it'll be sad to see them go. but all good things come to an end
 
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RE: VF-14 & 41 On Last Tomcat Cruise.

Sun Aug 19, 2001 9:34 am

I would assume that when the last F-14 Tomcat is retired, that the Phoenix missiles will be cut up as the F-14's AWG-9 Weapon System is the only one in the world that works in conjunction with the missile. I have seen some photos of VF-14 and 41 on the E, boy do their Tomcats still look good.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
 
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RE: VF-14 & 41 On Last Tomcat Cruise.

Mon Aug 20, 2001 2:02 am

The Tomcat will be around for sometime, remember the US Navy has a considerable number of re-engined F-14B and newly built F-14D Super Tomcats that are equipped with two 27,000lb thrust GE F110-400 turbofan engines and other updated systems that were delivered in the late 80s to early 90s.

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