It’s the end of an era for the United States Navy. One Wednesday, the last of the F-14 Tomcats were retired. Most civilians would be most familiar with them from seeing Top Gun. Most aerospace engineers would be familiar with them because of the adjustable wings.
The F/A-18 Hornets have been gradually replacing the F-14s as the Navy’s main fighter since the early 1990s. The F-14 was manufactured by Grumman Aerospace, which merged with Northrop Aircraft in 1994 to become Northrop Grumman.
The F-35C Lightning II will be the USN’s next fighter jet, but not for a while.