Fast Jet Friday!
It's Fast Jet Friday and since it's May 13th, it's Top Gun Day. The movie Top Gun opened on May 16, 1986. Don't ask me why the 13th is Top Gun Day and not the 16th, I have no idea. As any real aficionado of aviation knows, the true stars of the movie were not Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, nor any other actor, but the US Navy's mighty F-14 Tomcat! The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970 and began service with the Navy in 1974. The F-14 was a fleet interceptor and air-superiority fighter. It is a two seat, twin engine aircraft featuring variable sweep wings. Later in its career, the F-14 took on the ground attack roll. The F-14 was retired from Navy service on 22 September 2006.