Super Tomcat 21: The Navy’s Plan for an F-14 Tomcat on Steroids (2022)

Super Tomcat 21: The History of a Very Special F-14 Tomcat – Not long ago, we explored the reasons the legendary F-14 Tomcat found itselfsent out to pasturedecadesbefore its fighter classmates from the 1970s, but there’s more to the tale of Grumman’s incredible fighter and its efforts to find a place in a post-Cold War fleet. In the early 1990’s, Grumman proposed a new iteration of the famed Top Gun fighter that was not only modern enough to still be in service today, it would have marked a vast improvement in performance and capability over even Maverick’s highly capable F-14D.

While the F-14D took on the title “Super Tomcat,” this effort to modernize the F-14 began under the moniker “ST21,” which, appropriately enough, stood for “Super Tomcat for the 21st Century,” and make no mistake — that’s exactly what it could have been.

The Navy needed a fighter withattackcapabilities

In 1988, a joint team from McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics was awarded a development contract for what was to become the A-12 Avenger II, not to be confused withLockheed’s proposed A-12 of the 1960s, which sought to arm an SR-71 sibling jet with air-to-air weapon systems. Once completed, the Navy’s A-12 would have been a flying wing-design reminiscent of Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit or forthcomingB-21 Raider, though much smaller and more triangular; earning it the nickname “Flying Dorito.”

Once completed, the A-12 would have actually been the world’s firsttruestealth fighter, thanks to the inclusion of onboard radar and the ability to leverage AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles — but by 1991, the Flying Dorito was shot down by its own massive budget overruns and technical delays. You can read more about that in our full feature on the A-12 programhere, but suffice to say, its cancelation left the Navy with a strike capability gap itneededto fill, especially with the A-6 Intruder’s retirement looming on the horizon.

The Tomcat had been designed from the very onset with air-to-air combat as a primary focus, with an emphasis placed on covering a great deal of ground very quickly while carrying a heavy payload of advanced AIM-54 Phoenix missiles to intercept approaching Soviet bombers. Grumman, recognizing the Navy’s need for an aircraft capable of filling theattackrole, proposed a fairly inexpensive facelift for the Navy’s Tomcat fleet dubbed the F-14 Quick Strike. The Quick Strike upgrade would incorporate an infrared navigation and targeting pod similar to the LANTIRN system that found its way into the F-15E and F-16 along with upgrades to the aircraft’s powerful onboard radar for ground-attack modes. The addition of more hardpoints for standoff munitions rounded out the proposal as an economic-seeming solution.

An F-14 for the 21st Century

Of course, as we’ve discussed at length in the past,economicwas never really the Tomcat’s specialty, and the Navy wasn’t particularly interested in expanding the role of its expensive and sometimes problematic F-14 fleets as they stood. To make matters worse for Grumman, McDonnell Douglas was rumored to be hard at work on development of a practically clean-sheet fighter modeled after the Navy’s other carrier-fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet.

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McDonnell Douglas’ plan was to present the Navy with a new, more advanced fighter that could fill a broad swath of roles for the Navy, but delivered in a package thatlooked and soundedlike a continuation of the successful Hornet lineage. Not only would that make the aircraft sound proven and reliable, it would beperceivedas less expensive than funding development on anewfighter.

Grumman opted to offer an even more heavily upgraded iteration of the F-14 that could come as new aircraft or through remanufacture of existing platforms. The resulting ST21 (Super Tomcat for the 21st Century) and subsequent AST21(Attack Super Tomcat for the 21st Century) were designs that could have catapulted the Tomcat straight into the coming millennium it drew its name from.

Cramming a new fighter under the Tomcat’s hood

Despite the incredible capabilities offered by the most modern F-14Ds of the day, the Tomcat’s design was already more than twenty years old by the time discussion about the Super Tomcat 21 began. Often, when discussing fighter programs that are trying to stay relevant amid rapid technological progress, a dated design is something engineers are trying to compensate for, but in many ways, the Tomcat’s dated layout created a glutton of opportunity when it came to introducing new technologies to the aircraft.

Leveraging lessons learned from more than a decade and a half of service, the Super Tomcat 21eliminatedthe “glove vanes” that were located just outside of each wingroot. These glove vanes were designed to create lift ahead of the aircraft’s center of gravity at supersonic speeds above Mach 1.4, pressing the nose of the aircraft up and unloading the tail planes to allow for greater high-speed maneuverability. However, the systems that controlled these planes were a maintenance nightmare, and they were eventually welded shut on most aircraft.

In place of those problematic glove vanes, the ST21 and AST21 incorporated enlarged aerodynamic gloves that offered massive benefits in terms supersonic handling and dogfighting performance while simultaneously providing room for an additional 2,200 pounds of fuel storagein each wing, granting the aircraft even greater range.

When the F-14 first took to the skies with its incredible AIM-54A Phoenix missile, the fighter had to include rail fairings to house the missile’s oil cooling system, but by the ’90s, the Navy had upgraded to AIM-54B and C iterations of the missile, neither of which required the F-14 to manage oil cooling duties. In place of these systems, the Super Tomcat 21 would house navigation and attack FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Sensors) in these rail fairings.

Data from those systems would be fed into an entirely glass cockpit with dramatically improved avionics, a wide-angle Heads Up Display (HUD) that could project imagery from the navigational FLIR pod, upgraded APG-71 radar, and entirely new mission computers, making the Tomcat into a dated-looking fighter with the most advanced avionics available at the time.

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The AST21 was largely acontinuationof the ST21 design, with additional bomb-carrying pylons, a modified radar system with a Forward Air Controller (FAC) mode, an Integrated Defensive Avionics Package (IDAP), and nuclear weapons carrying capabilities.

More power, more speed, and more range

Both Super Tomcat 21 iterations saw the use of upgraded GE-F110-129 turbofan engines, in keeping with the Navy’s ongoing efforts (at the time) to replace the troubled Pratt & Whitney TF30 in their Tomcat fleets. The use of these engines in conjunction with the increased fuel capacity and improved wing aerodynamics resulted in what could have been an astonishingly capable fighter that may have been further bolstered by the inclusion of thrust vectoring nozzles taking their cues from the aircraft’s new flight computer.

The GE-F110-129 was not only a massive improvement over the TF30 still filling the fuselages of some Tomcats into the early 2000s, it was also an improvement over the F110’s the Navy’sbestTomcats employed. With approximately 30,000 pounds of thrust available from each engine under afterburner and a more efficient design, the new Tomcat would have been able to fly further than ever before at higher sustained speeds. In fact, the Super Tomcat 21 would have been able tosuper-cruise, or fly at supersonic speedswithoutthe use of its afterburner, at a sustained jaw-dropping Mach 1.3.

Thrust vectoring nozzles, if the Navy had opted to include them, would have taken the new fighter’s maneuverability to a positively mind-boggling level when leveraged in conjunction with its automated sweep-wing design. According to some sources, the AST21 would have already been able to sustain 77 degrees of sustained AoA (angle of attack) thanks to the aircraft’s planned aerodynamic improvements, and thrust vector control would have pushed that even further.

With wing position controlled by an on-board computer for maximum benefit, the massive (in comparison) F-14 could already turntighterthan its tiny Air Force sibling, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, under the right circumstances. The addition of thrust-vectoring would not only have improved upon that already-impressive Angle of Attack figure, it likely would have made the Super Tomcat 21 the most acrobatic and maneuverable fighter not just of its era, but likely for decades yet to come.

Thrust vector control effectivelyaims the outflowof the engine’s thrust independent of the aircraft itself. This can allow the aircraft to literally continue to push forward in the sky while pointing its nose (and weapons) down at an opponent, as well as allowing for rapid maneuvering that seems to defy the laws of physics when shown on video.

Thrust vector control has long been an important element in Russian fighter design based on their emphasis on within-visual-range fights (dogfights), but within America stables, it can only be found on the ranking king of the skies, F-22 Raptor.

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But Grumman wasn’t done yet. If the Navy didn’t think the ST21 or the AST21 designs were capable enough, they had one more ace up their sleeve.

ASF-14: The ultimate Tomcat

While both the ST21 and AST21 were billed as both re-manufacture programs for existing Tomcats and new-build aircraft, Grumman’s pitch to the Navy eventually included an entirely new-build Tomcat dubbed the ASF-14. The ASF-14 would havelookedlike its F-14 predecessors, but the similarities would have been largely skin deep.

While the Super Tomcat 21 designs would have increased the Tomcat’s internal fuel storage to 18,500 pounds, the ASF-14 design added thicker wings (much like the Super Hornet versus the Hornet) to further increase fuel capacity. Other improvements over the ST21 and AST21 designs largely revolved around the fact that the ASF-14 would be an entirely new aircraft, so Grumman wouldn’t be stuck working with many of the bulky legacy subsystems that an upgrade/remanufacture program would leave in place as a cost and time-saving measure.

That would mean this new “ultimate” Tomcat’sinternalswould have been state-of-the-air from nose to tail. Dated and bulky electrical systems would have been replaced with modern modular systems that would not only improve performance and reduce weight, but would have made subsequent improvements cheaper and less time consuming. Perhaps most important to the Tomcat’s ability to survive budget cuts, its troublesome electronic and hydraulic systems that made the aircraft such a maintenance nightmare would have been gutted in favor of modern systems that required less upkeep and weighed substantially less. Even parts of the aircraft that had always worked well would see improvements in materials used, with carbon fiber replacing titanium or aluminum in a number of components.

In fact, even with carrying all that extra fuel, the new ASF-14 Super (Duper?) Tomcat would have weighed in at very close or perhaps evenlessthan the Navy’s existing F-14s thanks to the massive weight savings allowed by the ASF-14 design.

When it first took to the skies, the Tomcat was built to house the massive and incredibly powerful Hughes AWG-9 fire control radar, which remains the largest radar system ever employed by an American fighter. All that real estate would have come in handy for a large active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for air-to-air and air-to-ground operations.

The ASF-14, with some 60,000 pounds of thrust and a better thrust-to-weight ratio than the F-14D, thrust vector control, massive internal fuel stores, huge payload capabilities, and incredible situational awareness provided by powerful onboard radar and a multitude of sensor pods, could have been a 4th generation fighter with few — or maybe no — peers to this very day.

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The Super Tomcat versus the Super Hornet

So if these designs weresogood, how did find ourselves here, waxing poetic about how incredible theycould have been? Well, like all military acquisitions, the Navy had to balance capability with capacity, mission requirements with budgets, and public perception with military doctrine. The Super Hornet the Navy ultimately chose doesn’t stir the same passion among many aviation fans as the F-14 Tomcat for many of the same reasons it’s proven itself to be such a solid choice for the Navy: It’s a little boring compared to the high drama that comes as part of the F-14’s package.

In a lot of ways, the F-14 was likeRockyof movie fame: a troubled past and a rocky start ultimately produces an American powerhouse that becomes the star of its own movie. Couple that with the F-14D’s genuinely incredible performance and the near-constant threat of nuclear Armageddon and its no wonder we fell in love with this dynamic aircraft.

The Super Hornet, on the other hand, has been characterized as an “80%” solution to the Navy’s litany of problems at the time. It’s not as fast or as powerful as many other fighters and it certainly lacks the range of the F-14, let alone the steroid-injected range of the ASF-14… but it’s reliable, efficient, and battle proven. In fact, America’sonlyair-to-air kill of the pasttwo decadeswas scored by a Super Hornet.

It’s tough to argue that the Navy made the wrong call with the Super Hornet, as its reliability and efficiency were both on full display throughout the past two decades of the Global War on Terror. But now, as the the U.S. shifts its focus back toward Great Power Competition, the ASF-14, with it’s insane range, powerful radar, bonkers speed, and spine-crunching agility, looks as appealing as any non-stealth fighter could.

America’s carrier-based fighters are struggling with alack of rangetoday, something numerous programs are currently working to offset, thanks in large part to the size of China’s area denial bubble created by hypersonic anti-ship missile systems. The Super Tomcat 21 or ASF-14 would lack stealth, just like the Super Hornet, but they could have had the legs they’d need to engage those weapons while keeping America’s carrier’s safely out of range. Today’s F-35Cs and F/A-18s simply don’t.

Of course, aviation technology continues to steam ahead, and even if the ASF-14 had entered service by the end of the 1990s, it would likely still be flying toward an early retirement in favor of the Navy’s F/A-XX fighter being developed in conjunction with the Air Force in the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program. With stealth increasingly a requirement for new designs, it seems the years of people saying “they never should have retired the F-14” may soon be coming to an end.

But for now, those of you who have long reveled in that salty declaration can rest easy knowing that the Super Tomcat 21 or ASF-14 could have been some of the greatest fighters the world has ever seen.

(Video) The F-14 we would still be flying today

Alex Hollings is a writer, dad, and Marine veteran who specializes in foreign policy and defense technology analysis. He holds a master’s degree in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Framingham State University. This first appeared in Sandboxx news.

FAQs

Why did the Navy stop using the F-14 Tomcat? ›

The F-14 "Tomcat" was retired for various reasons, some of the most important being maintenance costs and obsolescence. While the aircraft served the U.S. Navy exemplary for over over 30 years, the aircraft's complex sweep wing engineering became too expensive to manage economically.

Is the Super Tomcat real? ›

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American carrier-capable supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after the collapse of the General Dynamics-Grumman F-111B project.

Will an F-14 ever fly again? ›

Payne concludes; 'Every F-14 you see in a museum will never fly again. No one, outside of the Iranian air force operates them. The Persian Cats that have not been worn down to flying scrap metal are the only “airworthy” F-14s in existence.

How fast is the F-14 Super Tomcat? ›

The F-14 has a top speed of Mach 2.34 (1.544 mph, 2.485 km/h) at 40.000 feet. The high speed of the F-14 is primarily due to the aircraft's two engines. The F-14 features two General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans. Each engine delivers 23.400 pounds of force (104 kN) with afterburner at sea level.

Are there any f14 Tomcats still flying? ›

Iran remains the only nation flying active F-14s. According to estimates in 2019, Iran's air force maintains 24 F-14 Tomcats from the original batch of 79.

Is the F-14 better than the f18? ›

The F-14 is much faster and more powerful than the F/A-18, with a top speed of 2.34 Mach, while the Super Hornet reaches Mach 1.8. The F/A-18, however, is more agile than the F-14 as it only needs one pilot instead of two.

How much does an F-14 Tomcat cost? ›

$ 38 million

Which is better F-14 or F-15? ›

While the F-15 has a solid 105-0-0 combat record, the F-14 has a highly argued combat record, with the vast majority of its kills from the Iranians against older, outdated planes (primarily MiG-21/23s and Mirage F.

Why are there 2 pilots in an F-14? ›

Planes like Maverick's old F-14 Tomcat had a second crew member on board to handle their complex sensor, communications and weapons systems while the pilot focused on flying.

Can a civilian own an F-14 Tomcat? ›

Highly unlikely. There were only two operators of the F-14: the US and Iran. When the US decommissioned theirs in 2006, aside from a few stripped airframes in museums, they were all destroyed to prevent their parts making their way to Iran.

Can a civilian buy an F-14? ›

So can any civilian buy a fighter plane? The answer is a surprising 'yes! '. As soon as an airplane is demilitarized it can be bought by members of the general public.

How many F-14s are in the Boneyard? ›

At last count, the military's boneyard in Arizona held 165 Tomcats, believed to be the only ones left out of 633 produced for the Navy. The others were scavenged for parts to keep others flying, went to museums or crashed, said a spokeswoman for the air base, Teresa Vanden-Heuvel.

Can a F-14 fly on one engine? ›

As I quickly found out, the F-14A could fly single-engine, even with full fuel and a typical loadout. Our aircraft was configured with one AIM-54A Phoenix, two AIM-7F Sparrows, and two AIM-9L Sidewinders, along with the two Phoenix rails and two fuselage mounted drop tanks that we always carried on deployment.

What made the F-14 so good? ›

All told, the F-14 could use that combined 50,000+ pounds of thrust to push the aircraft to an astonishing Mach 2.3, and its variable-sweep wing design gave it excellent handling at both the low speeds required for carrier landings and the high speeds needed to intercept Ivan before he could deploy his anti-ship ...

Does the Navy still fly F-14? ›

The US Navy operated 338 F-14 aircraft of all three variants, but the aircraft was replaced by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. In July 2006, the F-14 made its last carrier launch and, on 22 September 2006, the US Navy officially retired the F-14 Tomcat. The F-14 is currently in service with Iran Air Force.

How many F-14s still exist? ›

Most of the aircraft were scrapped after the retirement of the Tomcat in 2006 because of the fear that parts could end up in Iran to keep their F-14 fleet airworthy. But some 140 survived and are still out there.

Why does the F-14 have swept wings? ›

A variable-sweep wing allows the pilot to use the optimum sweep angle for the aircraft's current speed, slow or fast. The more efficient sweep angles available offset the weight and volume penalties imposed by the wing's mechanical sweep mechanisms.

Why does Iran still use F-14? ›

Some of them are still in service in Iran by improvisation in maintenance, since the US sanctions prevent purchase of new equipment and parts while the US Navy retired its last Tomcat in 2006.

Is MiG better than F-14? ›

The MiG had very strong advantages in its speed and altitude, and carried R-40 missiles with significantly larger 100kg warheads, while the F-14 boasted a more powerful sensor suite, much longer engagement range, and far superior manoeuvrability.

What is the most advanced fighter jet? ›

The Lockheed Martin-made F-35 Lightning II is widely considered the world's most advanced fighter jet and is available in three configurations - A, B and C - basis the design and use in the defence industry.

Which country has the best military jets? ›

The United States of America maintains the strongest Air Force in the world by an impressive margin. As of late 2021, the United States Air Force (USAF) is composed of 5217 active aircraft, making it the largest, the most technologically advanced, and the most powerful air fleet in the world.

Where is the Top Gun school? ›

The school was founded at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego and remained there for several years after the movie "Top Gun" came out.

What is the most expensive fighter jet? ›

With a cost of around $130 million each, the F-35B is currently the most expensive fighter jet in production. Each aircraft is designed specifically for short takeoffs and vertical landings. It is being purchased in modest numbers for use aboard aircraft carriers.

HOW GOOD IS F-14 Tomcat? ›

At just shy of 63 feet long and boasting a 64-foot wingspan, the F-14 Tomcat could attain speeds in excess of Mach 1 at sea level and surpass Mach 2.34 at altitude thanks to two General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofan engines that each produced more than 28,000 pounds of thrust with their afterburners ...

How can you tell F-15 from F-14? ›

The F-14 is 62 feet 9 inches long, with a spread wingspan of 64 feet and a swept wingspan of 38 feet. Its loaded weight is 61,000 pounds. The F-15 is 63 feet 9 inches long, with a wingspan of 42 feet 10 inches. Its loaded weight is 20,200 pounds.

What was the F-14 made to counter? ›

In the 1970s Iran looked for an air superiority fighter to counter Soviet air incursions of MiG-25 fighters. In October 1978, two Iranian Air Force F-14As intercepted a high-and-fast–flying Soviet MiG-25 over the Caspian sea tracking it for two minutes and forcing it to abort a reconnaissance run over Iran.

How much is an F 18 worth? ›

Current Price $ 29 - 57 million U.S.

Who kills the most air to air? ›

Erich Hartmann, with 352 official kills the highest scoring fighter pilot of all time.

What fighter plane has the most kills? ›

Which World War II Fighter Aircraft Had the Most Kills? Here are the top 5

Can Tom Cruise fly a fighter jet? ›

In his Wired Web's Most Searched Questions interview in 2017, Tom revealed that he is a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot. This means he is capable of flying both jets and helicopters. He flew a P-51 propeller-driven fighter plane and a few helicopters in the new film.

Why the F-14 Tomcat is such a badass plane? ›

The Tomcat was a massive airplane wrapped behind an enormous radar specially built to fire the most lethal air-to-air missile in the western inventory, the AIM-54 Phoenix,” Chierici explains. “Missiles fielded today are just catching up to some, but not all, of the capabilities the Phoenix possessed.”

Is F-14 Tomcat a good plane? ›

The truth is, the F-14 Tomcat was a highly advanced fighter that was really purpose-built for a world-ending nuclear conflict.

Why does the F-14 have swept wings? ›

A variable-sweep wing allows the pilot to use the optimum sweep angle for the aircraft's current speed, slow or fast. The more efficient sweep angles available offset the weight and volume penalties imposed by the wing's mechanical sweep mechanisms.

How many F-14s does Iran have? ›

According to a survey by Flight Global in 2019, the Iranian air force operates around 24 F-14 Tomcats from a batch of 79 of the Grumman-made, swing-wing fighters that Iran purchased in the mid-1970s before the Islamic revolution.

Can a F-14 fly on one engine? ›

As I quickly found out, the F-14A could fly single-engine, even with full fuel and a typical loadout. Our aircraft was configured with one AIM-54A Phoenix, two AIM-7F Sparrows, and two AIM-9L Sidewinders, along with the two Phoenix rails and two fuselage mounted drop tanks that we always carried on deployment.

Does the Navy have a Top Gun? ›

TOPGUN is a nickname for what began as the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School and is now known as the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program. Formerly located at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, TOPGUN is now located at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.

Can you buy a F-14? ›

Highly unlikely. There were only two operators of the F-14: the US and Iran. When the US decommissioned theirs in 2006, aside from a few stripped airframes in museums, they were all destroyed to prevent their parts making their way to Iran.

What is the US most powerful jet? ›

The F-35A is America's most advanced multi-role fighter. It routinely demonstrates unmatched capabilities and combines stealth, advanced sensors, and information sharing systems. It is already proving itself in eastern Europe and will be the cornerstone of the U.S. Air Force's fighter fleet for decades to come.

Why is the F-14 so cool? ›

The F-14's variable-sweep wing design is one of the aircraft's most striking visual characteristics, and there's no denying that the premise behind it makes sense. The wings could vary from 20 degrees to 68 degrees while airborne to allow for the best possible flight characteristics at both low and high speeds.

What is the most advanced fighter jet? ›

The Lockheed Martin-made F-35 Lightning II is widely considered the world's most advanced fighter jet and is available in three configurations - A, B and C - basis the design and use in the defence industry.

Why are there no more swing wing aircraft? ›

Swing wing were obsolete, because of progress in aerodynamic science. :) Wing with LEX (Leading Edge Extension) used i.e. in F-16 offers similar maneuverability but is much less complicated and is lighter than variable geometry wing.

Is F-14 wing sweep automatic? ›

The F-14 was the only aircraft in NATO that used a computer-controlled, fully automatic sweep. The SCADC activated the hydro-mechanical system that actually moved the wings and optimized wing positions for altitude and speed, but a Tomcat pilot could manually override the system in the event the SCADC did not work.

Who flew the F-14 in Top Gun? ›

With the F-14 having been retired from Navy service in 2006, largely due to its high operational costs and limited role in the post-Cold War world, the aircraft was operated by the adversary 'rogue state' and stolen by the protagonist 'Maverick,' played by Tom Cruise, and his Wingman 'Rooster,' after both were shot ...

What country still flies the F-14? ›

That's how, starting in the mid-1970s, Iran became the only country besides the United States to operate arguably the most powerful interceptor jet ever built — the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, a swing-wing carrier fighter packing a sophisticated radar and long-range AIM-54 Phoenix air-to-air missiles.

How many Tomcats are still flying? ›

Most of the aircraft were scrapped after the retirement of the Tomcat in 2006 because of the fear that parts could end up in Iran to keep their F-14 fleet airworthy. But some 140 survived and are still out there.

How many F-14s are in the Boneyard? ›

At last count, the military's boneyard in Arizona held 165 Tomcats, believed to be the only ones left out of 633 produced for the Navy. The others were scavenged for parts to keep others flying, went to museums or crashed, said a spokeswoman for the air base, Teresa Vanden-Heuvel.

Videos

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