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Guess Who’s Visiting March 2015?

Wings Over Miami’s F-14D – the real thing!

Isn’t this photograph from the Wings Over Miami photo archives simply amazing?

If you have ever wondered why it was placed so prominently around the museum, wonder no more.  Here is the story behind the photo —
On July 28, 2006, US Navy Mass Communications Specialist 3rd class Nathan Laird took the photo of the F-14D Tom Cat, aircraft number 100. The plane was assigned to “Tomcatters” fighter squadron Three One (VF-31). The photo shows the plane completing a near super-sonic fly-by of the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The nuclear powered aircraft carrier was underway conducting sustainment exercises as part of it’s fleet response plan responsibilities. Joining the Roosevelt in the Joint Task Force exercise was the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN69). Not long after the exercise, the F-14 was officially retired in September 2006. The plane’s new home was destined to be Wings Over Miami Air Museum in South Florida.