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An MD-3A tow tractor stands by to maneuver an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

Flight deck crewmen move an F-14A Tomcat fighter aircraft with an MD-3 tow tractor aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Right front view of an S-3A Viking antisubmarine aircraft preparing to make an arrested landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). F-14A Tomcat fighter aircraft are parked on the right

F-14A Tomcat and other aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). The frigate USS W. S. SIMS (FF-1059) and the guided missile destroyer USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG-23) are in the background

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft overflies the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) after being waved off during a landing approach

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to be launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An overhead right front view of an F-14A Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51) landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

A starboard amidship's view of E-2C Hawkeye and F-14A Tomcat aircraft and an SH-3 Sea King helicopter on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet Tu-95 Tupolev aircraft and a U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat aircraft, top. The F-14A is from Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64). The NATO designation of the Tu-95 is Bear

PHCS Ronald W. Bayles South China Sea....A front view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PHCS Ronald W. Bayles South China Sea....Vice Adm. Paul D. Miller, commander, 7th Fleet, prepares for flight in an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....A plane director signals to an F-14A Tomcat aircraft at the catapult on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft clears the deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) after being launched

PHCS Ronald W. Bayles South China Sea....A crewman cleans the canopy of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....An F-14A Tomcat aircraft flies by the USS Independence (CV-62) with tailhook and landing gear down during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A right side view of a Soviet Tu-16 Badger-C aircraft, background, being escorted by an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211), based aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....Flight deck crewmen work on an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) while another F-14 flies by, during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....A plane director, center, in the distance, signals a stop to an F-14A Tomcat aircraft taxiing on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PHCS Ronald W. Bayles South China Sea....A crewman cleans the canopy of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....A catapult and arresting gear crewman kneels at the nose wheel of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An overhead view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

PHCS Ronald W. Bayles South China Sea....Vice Adm. Paul D. Miller, commander, 7th Fleet, checks over his gear with an air crew survival equipmentman before climbing into the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is transported on the elevator of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....An F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the USS Independence (CV-62) during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of Southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PHCS Ronald W. Bayles South China Sea....Vice Adm. Paul D. Miller, commander, 7th Fleet, puts on a flight suit prior to his flight in an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A flight deck crewman removes tie-down chains from an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....An F-14A Tomcat aircraft takes off from the USS Independence (CV-62) during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Hangar deck crewmen watch as an elevator lifts an F-14A Tomcat aircraft to the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

PHCS Ronald W. Bayles South China Sea....A rear view of the tail section and engine exhausts of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A view of F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadrons 33 (VF-33) and 102 (VF-102) on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). The F-14As are equipped with the Tactical Data Recording System (TDRS)

A view of AN F-14A Tomcat aircraft taking-off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). The F-14As are equipped with the Tactical Data Recording System (TDRS)

A view of F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadrons 33 (VF-33) and 102 (VF-102) on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). The F-14As are equipped with the Tactical Data Recording System (TDRS)

A left underside view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft escorting a Soviet Tu-95 BEAR D reconnaissance aircraft away from the exercise Northern Wedding '82 task force. The Tomcat is from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66), not visible

An air-to-air left side view of three Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft as they intercept and escort a Soviet Bear reconnaissance aircraft. The Soviet aircraft was in the area to observe the operations of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to land aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to land aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An MD-3A tow tractor is used to tow an F-14A Tomcat aircraft to the catapult track on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to land aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Flight deck crewmen ready an F-14A Tomcat aircraft for launching aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An MD-3A tow tractor is used to tow an F-14A Tomcat aircraft to the catapult track on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft overflies the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) after being waved off

The photographer looks back at the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) following the launch of his F-14A Tomcat aircraft.Exact Date Shot Unknown

Maintenance personnel work on a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft in the hangar bay aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A pilot and radar intercept officer from Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) sit in the cockpit of their F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Squadron maintenance personnel perform a preflight check on a Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to its launch from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is positioned on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft taxis out of the landing zone after touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A maintenance crew member paints the wheel strut of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Lieutenant Bill Myers and his radar intercept officer await the launch of their Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is ready for launch from the No. 2 catapult on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is readied for launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A C-2 Greyhound aircraft lands beside a row of F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft misses the arresting wire on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An ordnance crew member checks an AIM-7 Sparrow missile and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile attached to a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to the plane's launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Squadron maintenance personnel perform a preflight check on a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to its launch from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A plane director signals to the pilot of a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A flight deck crew member checks the shock absorbers attached to an F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to its launch from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER intercepts a Soviet Tu-142 Bear-D aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Lieutenant Keith Gauthier performs a preflight check on his Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to taking off from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A plane captain signals to the pilot of a Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). An MD-3A tow tractor is beneath the aircraft's wing at right

An ordnance crew member checks an AIM-7 Sparrow missile and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile attached to a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to the plane's launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The plane is piloted by the Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7), aboard the EISENHOWER

Three F-14A Tomcat aircraft are given preflight inspections while parked near the stern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The two aircraft at right are from Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) and the aircraft at left is from Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142)

An air-to-air left side view of a Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) F-14A Tomcat aircraft, wings extended, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile

An air-to-air left side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft, wings swept back, from Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) assigned to the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the catapult of the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61). Exact Date Shot Unknown

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft ignites its afterburners before being launched from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Front air-to-air view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102), just after taking off from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). The aircraft is armed with two AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, centerline, two AIM-7 Sparrow and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles (outside), mounted on wing pylons

Front air-to-air view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) just after taking off from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). The aircraft is armed with two AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, centerline, two AIM-7 Sparrow and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles (outside), mounted on wing pylons

Flight deck crewmen service two Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Air to air right side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) with its tailhook extended in preparation for landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and an AIM-54 Phoenix missile (on the fuselage). (SUBSTANDARD)

Crew members conduct a foreign object damage inspection of the flight deck prior to flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). F-14A Tomcat aircraft are parked on the right

A Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) is silhouetted against a sunset

F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) while off the coast of Lebanon. Two aircraft are from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65)

A silhouetted view of F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) while off the coast of Lebanon

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). The AMERICA is participating in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

An EA-6B Prowler aircraft is parked (center) on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). On the left is an F-14A Tomcat and on the right an A-7E Corsair II. The carrier is participating in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

Two F-14A Tomcat aircraft are serviced aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

Crewmen search for foreign objects on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) prior to flight operations during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84. In the background are three F-14A Tomcat aircraft and an MD-3A tow tractor

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). The AMERICA is participating in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is catapulted from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). In the foreground are (front to back) an A-6E Intruder, an EA-6B Prowler and another A-6E. The AMERICA is participating in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

A landing signal officer and his assistant signal to aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). In the background is an F-14A Tomcat aircraft. The AMERICA is participating in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is serviced aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is towed by an MD-3A tow tractor aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). The AMERICA is participating in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 is ready to be launched from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). In the background is a KA-6D Intruder tanker aircraft. The AMERICA is participating in Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84

An SD-1D aircraft spotting dolly is used to move an F-14A Tomcat aircraft in hangar bay two aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

Left side view of four A-7E Corsair II aircraft and an F-14A Tomcat aircraft (second from left) parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

An MD-3 tow tractor is used to move an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67). A member of the Naval Audiovisual Center motion picture shoot crew is filming the operation

A plane captain checks the tie down chains of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

Right front view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on an elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

An SD-1D aircraft spotting dolly is used to move an F-14A Tomcat aircraft in hangar bay No. 2 aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

An E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft comes in for a landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67). A-7 Corsair II aircraft are parked on either side of the flight deck. An F-14A Tomcat aircraft and three SH-3 Sea King helicopters from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS-7) are parked on the left

Right front view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the elevator of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft makes the final approach before landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A motion picture shoot crew member from the Naval Audiovisual Center films an F-14A Tomcat aircraft being backed onto an elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)