Putting the old cat to rest by Andreas Mueller

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Image taken at the 2006 NAS Oceana airshow. Just several weeks later the Tomcat performed it’s last flights, as they are being retired and scrapped. Planes are from Strike Fighter Squadron VF-31. (USS Theodore Roosevelt).


  • velveteagle
    velveteagleabout 7 years ago

    Great capture.. How time flys..

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAabout 7 years ago

    so what replaces them?

    wonderful capture

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...about 7 years ago

    Not the F/14!!!
    Say it isnt so Andy…

  • hengyixuan
    hengyixuanabout 7 years ago

    last time i painted

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muellerabout 7 years ago

    Michael, yes it is so. Very sad to not see these in the air anymore. What an awesome plane the Tomcat always will be ….

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...about 7 years ago

    Sorry Goose, but its time to buzz the tower…..for the last time….

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muellerabout 7 years ago

    Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full – I never tire of that “quote”. I have quite a few good shots of this old bird, didn’t realize when I took them that noone else will ever get a better shot than me !!!! Sorry Photogenique, I missed your question above, they are being replaced by the F-18 Hornet and Superhornets.

  • Elenne Boothe
    Elenne Bootheabout 7 years ago


  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...almost 7 years ago

    Apart from the spitfire, this is still the best looking plane to ever have flown

    I’m going to miss her…

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muelleralmost 7 years ago

    Hmmm, I’ gonna have to disagree on that one: Best looking plane for me is the ME-262. I always loved the looks of the F-4 Phantom as well. Now the Raptor is “doing it” for me …..

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