F-14D Tomcat

Known in Naval Aviation circles as the “Big Fighter,” the F-14 featured a unique variable sweep wing that automatically shifted in flight from 28 to 60 degrees sweep for optimum performance at any speed.  The Tomcat made headlines during the 1980s in air-to-air engagements with Libyan fighters over the Gulf of Sidra.  The aircraft on display made the last combat flight by an F-14, its 224th and final combat sortie occurring on February 8, 2006, over Iraq flying from the deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).