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The Last Flight by Panzerfire The Last Flight by Panzerfire
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Well... not precisely THE last flight but these are AJ103 (BuNo 163902) and AJ102 (BuNo 164904) of VFA-31 "Tomcatters". Both were about the last remaining F-14D Super Tomcats to fly in US Service.

The last actual F-14 flight was actually done by AJ107 (BuNo 164902) from the same squadron (not pictured here 'though) when AJ102 proved to be a bit too risky to fly. This was Sept. 22, 2006.

AJ103 (The Tomcat that's closer to the viewer) is wearing it's Last Tomcat Colors while AJ102 (Back there) has a low visibility paint work. Also, AJ102 has 2 x AIM-7 Sparrow and 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The Four remaining missile positions remain empty ('Though it'd be normal they were carrying AIM-54 Phoenix missiles). AJ103 is not armed.

And this is the first time I make a work featuring the US Navy's best Fighter jet ever. :D Too bad it's been retired :(
The Military Insdutrial complex comes up with good stuff some times only to later replace it with more expensive (And perhaps not as useful?) stuff. The Iranians know better 'though ;P they still got their F-14A Tomcats flying albeit not has many as they used to.

This work turned pretty good and I'm highly satisfied with it. I've been using some default brushes in PhotoShop to make more realistic looking clouds without using other people's brushes. I used to use a lot :iconredheadstock:'s sparkle brushes but this time I made the sparkles myself (Not has a brush 'though. I made it has a layer and then copied and pasted a lot. Annoying but anything to keep it original).
I feel like doing some more F-14 related works in the future :D Something more combat wise would be cool. After all the Tomcat is an actual war veteran. ;)

I hope you guys like it :)

See'ya in the Battlefield! :salute:
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WeloveKim Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Awesome mate, best jet ever made. Too bad its not in any BF game :(
Panzerfire Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe indeed. I'm not sure if there are any BF2 mods that may offer an F-14 among its assets. Later BF games don't really have any proper mods so it's useless to look at them. :P
WeloveKim Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Too bad that newer BF games doesn't even support Mods. I would LOVE to see a Super Tomcat with the beautiful Frostbite3 engine *__*
PokemonManiac9913 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thing is I heard from a friend a guy got into a comment war with someone about the F-18 was necessary and blah blah blah blah. The guy that was defending the legendary Tomcat said it would've been cheaper to upgrade the Tomcat than replace it. Then the person who was bashing the Tomcat said yeah what would you know.  This is the best part, The guy defending the Tomcat said "Well I don't think you've ever worked on a Tomcat for 20 years." THE GUY WAS A GRUMMAN ENGINEER. This also means the Tomcat could've been flying today
Panzerfire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Tomcat IS still flying today. Just not under the US Flag. :P

You'll have to go to Iran to see them in service. Quite impressive that they've managed to keep'em airborne for so many years.

Although one should wonder how long they'll keep pushing those 30+ years old fighters.
HoshikoSoyokaze Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually the only reason why the F-14 was removed from service was the fact the US stopped making replacement parts because the Iranians use the F-14. The US had to pretty much retire every F-14 they had, and then scrap them just to make sure the Iranians don't get spare parts somehow. The F-14 was neither obsolete nor unusable in any way.

The F-14 was doomed because of some "traitor birds" as I call them.

Perhaps one day a new model like the F-14 will come, but nothing will be like her completely.
Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmmm it's unlikely that we'll ever see an F-14 like aircraft again.

If you look at current american fighter development, the F-35 is pretty much the only modern fighter jet still in development with NO plans for further fighter jets.

That is if you're not counting the Unmanned drones program of which there are quite a few.

I'm thiking the F-35 will be likely the last pilot controlled fighter aircraft to be developed for the USAF. Afterwards there will only be drones.
HoshikoSoyokaze Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually there are 6th generation aircraft being conceived.

It's just right now the reason why there is nothing past the F-35 is because of the mindset that Drones are a complete replacement. They won't be.

Whenever the military says B will replace A, we always end up back with A. The things that the Military completely ignores become the new thing.

And right now we don't know what the new thing is...
Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm I guess we're gonna have to wait to see what happens with the future of combat jet fighters.

My money is still on UCAVs. But we'll see.
1-800-Breads Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truly a worthy memorial, almost makes up for the fact that such a great plane is being replaced by a poor substitute like the f-35
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