Aviation Photo #1351830 Grumman F-14D Tomcat - USA - Navy

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GOOD TO GO! Hooked up to the catapult and ready, VF-31 "Tomcatters" CAG jet, AJ-100 prepares to launch from CVN-71 on a combat sortie over Iraq. USS Theodore Roosevelt and Carrier Air Wing Eight were deployed during 2005, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was to be the last combat cruise by the final two Tomcat units, VF-31 & VF-213.
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    James Shelbourn
    USA - Navy
    Grumman F-14D Tomcat
    Grumman F-14 Tomcat (G-303)
    Grumman F-14 Tomcat (G-303)
    Persian Gulf
    International Airspace
    October 17, 2005
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Comments (5)

9 years ago
Ah, what a great picture. I have one of myself standing right next to this same bird at the 2006 Wings over Pittsburgh. Wish it had come out better. Man, do I miss the Tomcats...
9 years ago
My favorite fighter. T.B.
9 years ago
5 stars! You can just feel the tension of the soon to follow catapult shot off the deck, what a great aircraft.
9 years ago
A great symbol of American Pride. this plane protected the U.S. for many years.
6 years ago
It makes me pretty sad when I think that so incredible pieces of art aren't in use anymore....

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