Our primary purpose is to maintain contact among the members of the Tomcat community, keep members informed of developments in Naval Aviation, provide support to museums where F-14s are on display, and sponsor annual reunions of the F-14 family. Membership is open to anyone who has flown, worked on, or just plain loves the F-14 aircraft.
This website is dedicated to the aircrews who risked their lives fighting for our freedom, the maintainers in the hangars and shops who kept these jets flying, the managers and support personnel who continually found the funds and supplies needed to hold it all together, and finally, the engineers, scientists, technicians and artisans who designed and built the F-14 and who through the years came up with the improvements to keep it in the air for 36 years.
ALWAYS, BABY ...!
RADM Bad Fred Lewis, USN (Ret)
President, F-14 Tomcat Monument Association
I'm sending you this email to keep you up to speed with what's going on with the Association that you have so generously supported. First, the Board of Directors of the F-14 Tomcat Monument Association is pleased to announce a change in corporate governance effective 1 June 2021.
As you know, we've had two successful monument installations - one in the Naval Aviation Monument Park at the boardwalk on Virginia Beach, VA, and the second at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola, FL. The next focus is an installation in a San Diego location, where the iconic aircraft began it's long and historic naval service.
The Virginia Beach and Pensacola sites were both fairly easy to identify and to construct. However, the long pole in the tent for the San Diego Monument has been selection of an appropriate site. Several potential locations have been examined with their own pro's and con's, but it has been challenging for us to work long distance through the various governing bodies in that region. After long deliberations, we decided that the F-14 Tomcat Monument Association would best be served by passing leadership to those who reside in San Diego. We wanted to make sure the project would be in the hands of highly capable and motivated Tomcat guys who have more knowledge of the local regulatory and political landscape.
I'm happy to say that incoming Chairman RADM James 'JJ' Quinn, USN Ret. has selected several other retired F-14 personnel with strong links to the West Coast area, including CAPT Jim 'Guido' DiMatteo and CDR Mark 'Viz' Vizcarra, to continue fundraising and planning for the West Coast monument.
Second, due to Virginia Beach COVID restrictions, we unfortunately have had to again re-schedule the Dedication Ceremony for the Virginia Beach monument. We're working with the City to finalize a date in mid-September 2021, hopefully to coincide with the NAS Oceana Airshow, and will keep you informed.
Thanks again for your support for this noble endeavor honoring the thousands of personnel involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of the Tomcat, and memorializing those F-14 aviators who lost their lives serving our country.
December 21st marks the 50th Anniversary of the F-14 Tomcat's first flight! We have a number of activities to commorate the day, but the 50th will be celebrated all year long with monthly installments (more details to come).
Be sure to join us on Monday, Dec 21st, as we join our friends at thehangardeck.com for the first in a series of Tomcat videos. An early preview will be available on Sunday, Dec 20, as well. All of the details can be found at THEHANGERDECK.COM.
As part of our virtual event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Tomcat's First Flight, our friends at http://www.aircraftprofileprints.com/ are extending an incredible offer - 50% off Tomcat prints! This is a one-time only promotion and is good ONLY on Monday, December 21st. They will never do another 50% off promotion like this! It is a great way to score some great Tomcat prints or add to your collection.
It's going to be a great year of Tomcat celebrations! Start now by browsing http://www.aircraftprofileprints.com/ for your favorite prints, then come back on Monday to purchase.
The coveted 50th Anniversary patches are now available for purchase! Visit our partners at AV8RSTUFF.COM to pick-up this limited issue patch. A portion of the proceeds from each patch comes back to help fund F-14 Tomcat Association activities. We appreciate your support!
Get yours at our F-14 Tomcat Association Country Store: https://av8rstuff.com/TApatches.html
Thanks to Whitey at AV8RSTUFF.COM for working to get these patches available! The 50th logo was designed by Bill Barto, our Association Historian.
Dear Tomcat Community,
I hope you are well during our journey to the new COVID-19 normal. Please read the entire message, but I’ll get straight to the most important topic – Reunion 2020. Your board of directors has decided to delay the reunion and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Tomcat until April or May of 2021. We want to have a first class event that everyone can enjoy, and travel to the Long Island area in August simply wasn’t going to allow as many people to participate as this noteworthy milestone deserves. I can promise you that we are working hard to re-create an event that you will want to participate in next spring.
The Tomcat Monument will be installed in the Naval Aviation Monument Park on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk during the day on TUES 30 June.
They have tentatively rescheduled the official Dedication Ceremony for Wednesday, 30 September 2020 with the Happy Hour on Tuesday, 29 September 2020, dependent on future travel restrictions in place. Information on both events will be posted as soon as possible to aid in travel plans.
F-14 Monument Association -- https://tomcatmonument.org/
Home of M.A.T.S. by Torsten Anft -- http://www.anft.net/f-14/index.htm
F-14 Facebook Page -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/f14association/
Marc Arnold has joined the Board as the Central Maintainer Representative position. Marc was an AE2 with VF-1 from 1978 - 1980 and participated in the squadron’s ‘78 WestPac cruise aboard Enterprise and their ‘80-81 cruise aboard Ranger. After active duty, he was employed with Northrop Grumman and retired from a long and productive career in aerospace. Please join me in welcoming Marc to the Board.
We are actively seeking candidates for the role of President and Vice President. If interested, please reach out to me at either:
The current Board of Directors is:
Captain Mike "Rabies" Rabens (USN Ret.) - President
Captain Mark "Beaver" Swaney (USN Ret.) - Vice President
Don Bowsher - Secretary
Captain Rob "Udog" Underwood (USNR) - Treasurer
Captain Jim "Crunch" Hineline (USN) - Fleet Representative
Dave "Hey Joe" Parsons - East Coast Representative
Commander Bryan "Spot" Kust (USN Ret.) - West Coast Representative
AMS2 Mike O'Brien - Maintainer Representative, West
AMS2 Tim Daugherty - Maintainer Representative, East
AE2 Marc Arnold - Maintainer Representative, Central
Historian – William “Bill” Barto, Grumman
There you have it. Please send us ideas, feedback, and articles for publication on the Association web page: http://www.f-14association.com/. And please consider volunteering for a position on the Board – we are looking for officers and creative people to help with communications, event planning and execution, outreach, etc. Bottom line -- we need you to keep the Association moving forward and growing. Many thanks.
Mike “Rabies” Rabens
President, F-14 Tomcat Association
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