Talk:U.S. Navy officially retires F-14
The U.S. Navy's F-14 "Tomcat" fighter jet made its last ceremonial flight at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While the jet that was supposed to fly the last ceremonial flight never made it due to mechanical problems, a back-up was in time to make the flight. The aging jets have been seen by some as too not suitable for front-line duty due to their high maintenance costs and the many problems involving its variable-sweep wings. The remaining F-14s will now be mothballed in Arizona or wil lgo to one of several aviation museums. The F-14 will be replaced in the U.S. Navy's lineup with the F/A-18E/F "Hornet", which is more versatile and lower maintenance than the Tomcat.