Happy Tomcat ‘Turkey’ Day!

Happy Turkey Day! In celebration of the F-14 Tomcat and Thanksgiving, here is a selection of magnificent images of the fabled "Turkey" during her service life. In this image, an F-14 Tomcat from Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF 103) "Jolly Rogers" lands on the flight deck of USS George Washington. The Norfolk, Va., based aircraft carrier was on a six-month deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom at the time (July 2, 2002). U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jessica Davis. (RELEASED)

As many of us in the U.S. settle in to enjoy Thanksgiving with our family and friends, we thought what better way to help celebrate “Turkey Day” than with a slideshow of gorgeous images featuring an altogether different kind of turkey, the beloved and much-missed Grumman F-14 Tomcat. While the moniker ‘turkey’ is often synonymous with ‘failure’ when it comes to aircraft, this was anything but true for the F-14 which has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning four decades of military service in the USA, and still continues to fly elsewhere… The Tomcat apparently received the nickname ‘turkey’ because it mimicked the awkwardness of a turkey in flight when coming in to land aboard a carrier – waddling in the air with its wings spread, and flaps and undercarriage splayed out in uncomfortable inelegance. But of course, that all changed as soon as the Tomcat transitioned to fly with its wings tucked back for speed…

Here’s to the spirit of a remarkable aircraft and all those who served with them… HAPPY TURKEY DAY!


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