VF-31 Tomcatters

The story of F-14D ‘Felix One’, the last US Navy Tomcat to ever fly and today displayed outside the Cradle of Aviation Museum

The story of F-14D ‘Felix One’, the last US Navy Tomcat to ever fly and today displayed outside the Cradle of Aviation Museum

F-14D Tomcat ‘Felix One’ at the Cradle of Aviation Museum On Sep. 14, 2023 the curatorial staff and dedicated team… Read More

2 weeks ago

Cradle of Aviation Museum unveils newly restored F-14D ‘Felix 101’, the last US Navy Tomcat to ever fly

Cradle of Aviation Museum restores Felix 101 On Sep. 14, 2023 the curatorial staff and dedicated team of restoration volunteers… Read More

7 months ago

Last F-14 Tomcat in US Navy service will be moving from Bethpage to Cradle of Aviation Museum

Felix 101, F-14D BuNo 164603, the last Tomcat in US Navy service, currently in front of a vacant office building… Read More

2 years ago

Cradle of Aviation Museum to receive the last F-14 to ever fly to celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Iconic Tomcat

The museum will receive for restoration and permanent display the last F-14 (BuNo 164603) to ever fly, number 711 of… Read More

4 years ago

[Updated] This US Navy F-14A Tomcat was damaged over Beirut in 1983 (but not by Syrian AAA or SAMs)

The interesting photo in this post features a damaged F-14A Tomcat from VF-11 (modex AE103) embarked aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67),… Read More

4 years ago

Here are some cool Night Photos of New VFA-31 Tomcatters F/A-18E CAG Aircraft

The super cool pictures in this post feature the brand-new paint scheme applied while aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt to the… Read More

4 years ago

“Abe’s” Extraordinary Odyssey: The Story of the Longest Deployment for an Aircraft Carrier in Post-Vietnam Military History

17 years ago, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) embarked on the longest deployment for an aircraft carrier in post-Vietnam military history.… Read More

4 years ago

“Sweet Little Miss”, the last Tomcat to land on an aircraft carrier, has found a new home

On Oct. 17, 2018 “Sweet Little Miss” has arrived at its new home at the Museum of Flight in Rome,… Read More

5 years ago

F-4 MiG Killer! The story of the only VF-31’s aerial victory of the Vietnam War

"It was like something out of the old days. We had a standard Mark One dogfight, as if it were… Read More

6 years ago

“SWEET LITTLE MISS,” THE LAST F-14 TOMCAT TO EVER LAND ON AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, NEEDS YOUR HELP TO BE SAVED

F-14D BuNo 164346 "Sweet Little Miss" piloted by Lieutenant Chris Rattigan and Lieutenant Paul Dort assigned to the "Tomcatters" of… Read More

6 years ago

THE STORY OF CHRISTINE, THE LONGEST SERVING F-14 TOMCAT IN THE U.S. NAVY

While F-14 BuNo. 159600 was participating in the Tomcat’s final cruise a bulkhead would blow out during routine maintenance and the aircraft would spend… Read More

7 years ago

FUNNY VIDEO BRINGS YOU ABOARD VF-31 TOMCATTERS F-14Ds FOR A 7-HOUR MISSION IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

The "last cruise" of the iconic Tomcat saw the F-14Ds belonging to VF-31, the Tomcatters, and VF-213, the Black Lions,… Read More

7 years ago

BYE-BYE BABY…! REMEMBERING THE F-14 TOMCAT LAST COMBAT TRAP

The decision to incorporate the Super Hornet and decommission the F-14 was mainly due to high amount of maintenance required… Read More

7 years ago