I was trolling the Navy news website this morning, as is my custom, and chanced across this image of a VF-213 F-14D Tomcat coming into the break overhead the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and of course this photo of a D-model kerplunking heavily into the arresting wires (as is their custom) and it all made me just that little bit nostalgic.
You see, I grew up around Tomcats and Tomcat people and although it was hard to love them very much, taken as a whole, there were some fairly good eggs in the F-14 basket who just missed getting Hornet grades out of flight school. And now they’re going away of course, this being their last deployment, victims to the remorseless march of time and modernization in the form of the Super Hornet, FA-18E’s and F’s.
And we should all be just that little bit sad, recognizing as we must that we will be old one day ourselves, sic transit gloria.
So before the Tomcat community dries up and blows away entirely, I just wanted to share this with you – this being the way that one old Hornet driver will always remember you.
(And by the way, many thanks for the memories!)