This Tomcat, wired for Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) missions, was moved to Tucson, and eventually sadly scrapped. Several Tomcats within the US Navy were wired for this large and sophisticated camera pod.
Just on the day I was visiting Oceana, this beautiful retro F-14B came out the paint shop. AG-143 made its last operational flight a few day's later and was then flown to Bradley AFB (CT) for preservation in the New England Air Museum
Blue stripes under the cockpit and markings on tail are the only hint of color on this Tomcat, showing this is the CAG aircraft aboard USS George Washington, belonging to VFA-143 'Pukin' Dogs' with the Gryphon painted on its tail. According to the nose wheel stencils it's also TARPS equipped.
This was the 540th F-14A built by Grumman at Bethpage, NY and delivered to the US Navy in July 1986. In January 1996 it began an upgrade to a B-version and, after returning to service in December, served with the following NAS Oceana squadrons; VF-103, VF-102, VF-101 and finally VF-32 before retirement and display at the MAPS Air Museum.