US Navy 151361 was retired to MASDC Jul 11, 1984. Sold to to Aero Union Corp as N183AU, later N925AU, which was converted to an air tanker that entered service in 1990. Aero Union shut down in 2011 after the US Forest Service cancelled their contract in July. United Aeronautical Corp eventually bought five of Aero Union's Orions, including this one and moved them to back to Chico to put them up for sale.
A permanent test Tomcat for the Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division at its homebase Point Mugu. This F-14B (Block 150, FY 1987) was delivered to the US Navy in 1989 and served from the early 90s within the Test and Evaluation community. Since the mid 90s, BuNo 163223 was used as the F-14B Avionics Upgrade Prototype and was therefore specially wired and configured. It received an N in its type designation to make it clear that this aircraft was not suitable for regular carrier deployments as it deviates from normal standard F-14s. The NF-14B was scrapped at AMARG in July 2007.
Shown here wearing the first & original Electra livery. The tail features a single blue band that was later altered to two blue bands with varying fonts until the re-paint into Ansett Airlines of Australia.