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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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:iconmobiusoneblaze:
mobiusoneblaze Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Target's in firing range, Schnee One to all units, release your missiles
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WeloveKim Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
ALMIGHTY TOMCAT, WE HAIL U. <3
Awesome mate, best jet ever made. Too bad its not in any BF game :(
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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
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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 *__*
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see Project Reality using the Frostbite 3 engine as well. It'd be fucking insane! :D
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeeeekkkk, I tremble at the idea.

I really really dislike the F-35.

The F-14 on the hand has Legendary status written on it. Respect for the Iranians who still fly it (Probably not for long 'though).
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RWilliam Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Yeah, sexiest plane to ever grace the skies. It was retired for two reasons, A) They couldn't make it "stealthy" B) No real Air to Ground capabilities. We have seen how important that has become in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also, I am biased my dad flew these!
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The F-14D had a good service life, and had a respectable replacement: the F/A-18 Hornet (followed up by the F/A-18E Super Hornet)
But now, Lockheed wants to spoil the whole bunch with the acid-tripping-lovechild-of-an-F-22 and an F-16 they call the Lightning.
In their overpriced dreams.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I too dislike the F-35 program. In fact I see it as somewhat a scam by Lockheed Martin in order to get as much of the taxpayers money as they can. And not just the american's money, it's also the money of several European states. And as a consequence, it has hindered the development of pan-european fifth gen fighter.
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Garuda-01 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
This picture is beautiful. The F-14D always was one of my favorite planes. I was heartbroken when I found out the military retired them.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah it was too bad they retired them. But that's the cycle of evolution, out with the old, in with the new....... even if the new is sh*t. :hmm:
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josezero12 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
NICE XD
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
F-14 Tomcat will always be my favorite.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can totally understand that. :) The F-14 is one of the best fighters ever made.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes indeed. :)
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LCDRhammond Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
My squadron. man I miss getting into the cockpit of the F-14. pic looks amazing keep up the great work
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:iconpanzerfire:
Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like it.

And yeah it's a pity the F-14s have been retired. TBH I have more high regards with the Teen Series of fighters than the new F-35A/B/C.
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jano233 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
F-14 Tomcats dominate the sky....anyone says other wise will get a Sidewinder up your ass
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Correction, they used to dominate the sky. ;)

Not sure 'though how the Iranians do with their own F-14s but since they've been retired from US service they're no longer ruling the skies.

But they totally would if they were still flying :D
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jano233 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmm (wondering if i should fire a Sidewinder up your ass):stinkeye:
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha. ;D
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Ronin201 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Tomcats Forever!!! :salute:

Our Mission: Protect the Force, get the Bandits!!!!
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it.
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wolfofficer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
once SHTF Or something and are advance raptors start loosing i have a feelling theres gonna be call for the Tomcats and Eagles to heed the call to battle once again
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol... it's gonna cost a b*tch to put them all back in flying conditions. If it's possible at this point.

Production of new units would be best. Then again, it could be mighty expensive to put the factories together to start manufacturing all the pieces an F-14 needs.
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Gimiglider Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
yep, I liked the F-14 too. For it's swing wings at first, but after that for it's, well, awesomeness. I like the F-15, F-18, F-22, J-20, PAK-FA and the Flankers (a bit) too!
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parijatgaur Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the composition of the image. And you are right..F-14 was truly the Navy's best fighter ever. And as a bonus, it had looks to match its performance too. :-)
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.

I'm glad you like the picture :)
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loonstar28 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
The F-14,A,B,D is one of my all great fighter jet and this is great work thx for shareing
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:iconpanzerfire:
Panzerfire Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I'm glad you like it. :)
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vjptox Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, shiny Tomcats... Sooo they're replaced by Super Hornets? Although I'm not a fan of USAF's aircrafts, I gotta admit that the F-14s got a great looking body after all ;p Also, I like the IRIAF's camo on them :D

Great job, man :) Keep improving :thumbsup:
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:iconpanzerfire:
Panzerfire Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D I will keep doing more aircraft vectors in the future. I'm glad you like this.
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warriorxp Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3
Battlefield 3 i waiting for this xD
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Unlikely that BF3 will have F-14 given that they've been retired for almost firve years now. :(

But the game will includes some maps with air units such as fighters. We'll just have to wait and see what planes the USMC faction will come with.
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MCBeowulf-the-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
man. Just like I visioned it. A war came to an end and me and a comrade feel like doing one last patrol and we dicide to catch the wind to perform high G
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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Paranartist Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Han demostrado supremacia en el aire... pero como todo lo que se crea en esta epoca, no es para que dure mucho ¬_¬ es una pena ._.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
perdon, quise decir "legado".
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Totalmente. Habra que ver si los nuevos chiches como el F-35C seran capaces de forjar un legajo similar.
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Paranartist Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Pues para eso tambien seria nesesario contar con una buena competencia, lo cual creo que no tienen por el momento ._.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No por ahora.

Los rusos estan a full con el testeo de sus prototipos T-50 del programa PAK-FA (De Sukhoi) para la creación de una avión de 5ta generación. Los de MiG tambien estan diseñando uno pero no hay prototipo en existencia por ahora.

En China recientemente mostraron imagenes del prototipo J-20 pero no hay certeza si se trata de un modelo para experimentar con la tecnologia Stealth o de un prototipo de un modelo de producción. Si es lo primero, Entonces los Chinos estan para rato pero si es lo segundo, podrian comenzar a producirlos entre 5 a 10 años.

La India tambien esta en carrera trabajando con los Rusos en lo del PAK-FA de Sukhoi aunque pareciera que van a usar la tecnologia y conocimiento adquiridos mas que usar el mismo avión (Aunque si van a comprar algunos modelos de producción del T-50).

Japón esta trabajando desde hace un tiempo en su propio caza de 5ta (Debido a que EUA no exporta el F-22 que Japón anhela).

Hasta la Argentina tenia un programa para desarrollar un caza de 5ta a principios de los 90 pero..... bueh..... como todo en aquella epoca, el gobierno lo hizo mierda. Solo se crearon unas imagenes de concepto y el proyecto no avanzó mas.

Rusia, India y la China estan sin embargo 15-20 años atrasados en comparación con EUA en el tema de aviones de 5ta gen. Pero a diferencia de EUA, tienen toda la intención de exportar sus aviones... y en numeros grandes.

Hasta ahora ningun pais puede acceder al F-22 por un veda de exportación a ese avión por parte del congreso norteamericano. El F-35 solo se va a exportar a un puñado de paises que prueben ser muy aliados de EUA. Muchos otros paises aliados de EEUU sijn embargo se van a quedar afuera.

Eso sin embargo podria cambiar dependiendo de que tan avanzados sean los nuevos cazas rusos y chinos. Y tambien de a quienes se los van a exportar. Si se los venden a paises rivales como Iran, Corea del Norte o Venezuela, paises vecinos a ellos que esten aliados a EEUU estarian pidiendo a gritos que los norte-americanos les vendan aviones de 5ta.


La proxima decada va a ser muy interesante en lo que va del mercado de aviones de combate ;)
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Paranartist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Lo bueno de los orientales parece ser que son capaces de COMPARTIR sus logros con el mundo, cosa que los gringos no parecen tener ¬.¬

A nuestro pais le convendria mucho andar viendo planes para la obtencion de cazas modernos. Las decadas siguientes podrian llegar a ser violenta si la lucha por la posecion del agua toca nuestra puerta ._. Ojala se pudieran pedir prestados algun que otro Raptor para examinarlo y ver que tiene de especial ;3
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