A Tomcat with 'Felix, the Cat' on the tail. Unit is Fighting VF-31, 'Tomcatters', the second oldest continuously active US Navy aircraft squadron. This aircraft is now on display at NAS Atlanta and the picture was taken at the Miami Air Show 1990 early in the morning.
This VF-24 was photographed in August 1987 during its landing at homebase NAS Miramar (CA). The Fighting Renegades transitioned from F-8 Crusader to the F-14A Tomcat and received their first aircraft on 9 December 1975 and swapped the Alpha for Bravo's in April 1989. The squadron was eventually disestablished on 31 August 1996.
A Fighter Squadron 24 "Checkertails" F-14A during a steep approach to homebase NAS Miramar (CA). The VF-24 bird (F-14A-Block 85-GR) was the 15th F-14A that was remanufactured to F-14D, as a result it received the designation F-14D(R). The Tomcat was stricken with VF-31 on 13 January 1995 when it was involved in a mid-air collision with F-14D 164340 over the Pacific Ocean, south of San Diego. The crew was rescued by a SH-60F from HS-8 and a nearby operating US Marine Corps CH-53E.
From VF-41 and based at this time aboard aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Seen here fitted with live weapons at the end of 1st Gulf War. This Tomcat was lost on May 22sd, 1995 in Mediterranean see after takeoff from USS Theodore Roosevelt. Crew safely recovered.