Mission: To Preserve the History of the Greatest Fighter Jet the United States Navy Has Ever Flown.

Dear Tomcat Flyers, Fixers, and Fans,logoplus10

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Tomcat Sunset. The retirement of the world’s most capable Fighter, and later Strike/Fighter, was a sad occasion for most of us, and the only way to commemorate such an event is to meet with fellow aficionados of this great aircraft. The 2016 reunions are fast approaching! Yes, that “s” at the end of reunions isn’t a misprint – we are doing both an east coast and a west coast event this year. Details included below, but first let’s step back and debrief 2015.

The Pensacola reunion in April came off beautifully, thanks to the hard work of several board members, particularly Mark “Beaver” Swaney. Highlights included:

  • Blue Angel practice show onboard NAS Pensacola, hosted by Training Air Wing SIX Commodore, Captain Ted “Tag” Heflin and his amazing staff
  • Memorial Service at the Veteran's Memorial Park with the NAS Color Guard
  • Happy Hour and Panel Discussions to include T&E highlights, presented by Tom Reilly and Maintenance tales by many
  • National Naval Aviation Museum -- Guided tour of the Museum and Flight Academy
  • Winging ceremony in the Atrium
  • Banquet Dinner at the Mustin Beach Officer's Club

The speaker for the banquet was RADM Mike “Nasty” Manazir. Nasty is the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98) where he is responsible for the development, programming, and budgeting of all U.S. Naval aviation warfighting requirements, resourcing and manpower. He was qualified in the F-14A/D and has flown more than 3750 hours and 1200 arrested landings during 15 deployments aboard aircraft carriers on both coasts. The talk was highly entertaining, extremely motivating, and left all with the satisfaction of knowing that Naval Aviation is strong, vibrant, and ready to defend American interests throughout the world. Thank you Nasty!

Read more: Presidents Message - April 2016

Dear Tomcat Flyers, Fixers, and Fans

Your F-14 Tomcat Association Board of Directors is working diligently to prepare for an outstanding reunion in Pensacola Florida. From the F-14 Association web site, select the “Flight Schedule” tab and you will see the link to a live registration form. From there, you can register for the reunion, and sign up for each individual event, depending on your personal schedule. There is also a link to the current schedule, summarized below.

The panel discussions promise to be very lively. Tom Reilly will tell the story of aircraft#1’s fateful last flight, and other T&E highlights, and we are organizing other panels that promise to be both interesting and stimulating.

We are also working to get a senior active duty Naval Aviation Flag Officer (and Tomcat driver) to be the speaker for the banquet on Saturday night. Look for updates on the web site over the next couple of weeks.

Hampton Inn and Suites on Pensacola Beach
Room Reservations: 1-800-320-8108
(Ask for Group Reservations – F-14 Association)
Gulf Front with Balcony – $179, South Side Rooms - $149

Read more: Presidents Message - January 2015

logoDear Tomcat Flyers, Fixers, and Fans

The F-14 Tomcat Association is alive and well!  Due to a series of challenges, we haven’t been in touch in a while, but with this newsletter, that will be changing.

We have been transforming our web site, email system, and our membership renewal and tracking system, bringing those up to speed after 11 years under the original software.  I ask for some patience while we work the kinks out, but within the next month you will see all the changes coming to fruition.

I have quite a bit of information to share, so please get comfortable.  In the future, we will be putting out a quarterly email newsletter which will be a bit shorter, but timelier.

Sadly, I need to let everyone know that our Association’s founding father and longtime Secretary, Art Martin passed away this summer. We were so blessed to have Art’s vision, energy and drive behind everything the F-14 Association did since its founding in 2003.  Words can’t begin to describe the loss we feel, but here is the announcement from his family:

Read more: Presidents Message - October 2014

Dear Tomcat Flyers, Fixers, and Fans

The 2015 reunion is fast approaching! We are 6 weeks from launch time in beautiful Pensacola Florida. A few details have been added to the agenda below, but I urge to register, and get your hotel and airline reservations now. Six weeks out is the best time to book, so don’t delay.

First, I am proud and excited to announce that the planned speaker at the Saturday banquet is RADM Mike “Nasty” Manazir. A west coast Tomcat driver who went on to command the Tomcatters of Fighter Squadron, USS Sacramento (AOE1), USS Nimitz (CVN68) and Carrier Strike Group 8 embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Nasty is currently the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98) where he is responsible for the development, programming, and budgeting of all U.S. Naval aviation warfighting requirements, resourcing and manpower. He is/was qualified in the F-14A/D and F/A-18E/F aircraft and has flown more than 3750 hours and 1200 arrested landings during 15 deployments aboard aircraft carriers on both coasts. I can’t think of a better person to talk to us about the state of Naval Aviation than RADM Mike Manazir.

Second, I want to thank Training Air Wing SIX Commodore, Captain Ted “Tag” Heflin. Tag spent 12 years in the Tomcat community with VF-102, SWATSLANT, VF-32, and VF-103. As the current Commodore at Pensacola, Tag has graciously volunteered to support our group with special events on base on both Wednesday, after the Blue Angel’s practice, and Friday afternoon, with a TW-6 winging ceremony in the National Naval Aviation Museum atrium where RDML Roy "Trigger" Kelley, CNATRA -- a former Tomcat pilot and VF-102 CO -- is the planned guest speaker for the winging ceremony, to be followed by a TW-6 winging Ceremony reception at the Mustin Beach Club. Those that prefer may continue to tour the museum until time to return to the hotel.

The panel discussions promise to be very lively. Tom Reilly is confirmed to tell the story of aircraft#1’s fateful last flight, and we are organizing other panels that promise to be both interesting and stimulating.

Hampton Inn and Suites on Pensacola Beach
Room Reservations: 1-800-320-8108
(Ask for Group Reservations – F-14 Association)
Gulf Front with Balcony – $179, South Side Rooms - $149

Read more: Presidents Message - March 2015

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