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 love 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 ...!
Dear Tomcat Flyers, Fixers, and Fans,
This year is the 11th anniversary of the Tomcat Sunset. The retirement of the world’s most capable Fighter, and later Strike/Fighter. I dare say that it lives on in our hearts and minds just as strongly today as back then.
Highlights since the last update:
We are literally weeks away from ‘Hook 2017, where your Association will have board members man a booth, host several events, and sponsor a free breakfast for all members who attend the annual Tailhook Reunion in Reno Nevada. Come see us in the display area.
We extend a grateful welcome to Don Bowsher, the newest member of the Board of Directors who has taken on the role of Secretary. This is a busy job for anyone and we’re lucky to have Don in this role.
Breaking News! We have selected San Diego as the site for the 2018 reunion during the week of the Miramar Airshow. The reunion will start on Thursday the 27th and extend through Saturday the 29th of September, 2018! Planned activities include:
Keep an eye out for more updates on our website and newsletters.
Sincerely/ Mike “Rabies” Rabens
President, F-14 Tomcat Association
F-14 Tomcat Nose Gear Brace
We are excited to announce the availablity of nose gear braces for F-14 Tomcats on display. As time goes by, many display F-14 aircraft are 'in the kneel' due to gradually decreasing pressure in the nose gear strut. These braces will keep the F-14 nose at its default elevation.
There are two styles of nose gear brace:
1. The Rockies-Style nose gear brace is provided free of charge to museums with Tomcats on display (we only ask the museums to cover the actual cost of shipping the brace).
2. The Grumman-Style nose gear brace is a replica of the nose gear brace originally designed by Grumman. The costs of producing the Grumman-Style brace are more expensive, so we ask the museums to cover the cost difference and shipping of the brace.
NAS Oceana (Virginia Beach, VA) is home to the Tomcat Sunset Monument. Many F-14 Tomcat Association members have asked about purchasing a commemerative engraved brick. These bricks are placed at/around the base of the monument (photos of the bricks at the monument site are shown below).
The bricks are still available! The order form can be found at the Tidewater ANA chapter web site:
"The F-14 Tomcat continues to be a premier long-range strike-fighter as evidenced by its superb performance in Operation Allied Force and the strikes in Operation Southern Watch.