The End of an Era: The F-14 Tomcat Officially Retires Today
Best known from it's role in the movie Top Gun, this fighter was also famously used to force down the Egyptian jetliner carrying the escaping Achille Lauro hijackers in 1985.
The contribution of the Tomcat to our nation's freedom is best summed up at navy.mil by Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Christopher Kaelin: “The Tomcat helped maintain freedom and democracy around the world . . . When you see it come off the flight deck, you know it’s a force to be reckoned with.”