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A Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86. An A-6E Intruder aircraft is being towed by an MD-3A tow tractor

An A-6E Intruder is positioned on a catapult as an F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the aircraft USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86

A US Navy (USN) F-14A Tomcat, Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21), Freelancers, Naval Air Station (NAS) Yokosuka, Japan, with gear down, flaps down and tail hook down, as it comes in for a landing on an aircraft carrier at sea

F-14A Tomcat aircraft are serviced on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86. A Soviet Krivak class frigate is in the background, observing the exercise

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft clears the flight deck after being launched from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86. An A-6E Intruder aircraft is being positioned on a catapult in the foreground

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft clears the flight deck after being launched from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) during NATO Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION '86

Ground crewmen clean and polish a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft after a missionduring Reconnaissance Air Meet '86

An overhead air-to-air view of a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) participating in Reconnaissance Air Meet '86. Reconnaissance pilots, photo interpreters and maintenance crews from the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy and Marines, Royal Australian Air Force and the United Kingdom are competing in the event sponsored by the Tactical Air Command

The five types of aircraft used in Reconnaissance Air Meet (RAM) '86 are arrayed behind the competition scoreboard on the flight line. The aircraft in the front row are, from left: a Navy F-14A Tomcat, an Air Force RF-4C Phantom II, a Navy Reserve RF-8G Crusader, a Marine Corps RF-48 Phantom and a Royal Australian Air Force RF-111C. In the back row are four Air Force RF-4C Phantom II aircraft

A Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft, with its arresting hook down, approaches for a landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV 60)

A right front view of a Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft making a low level fly-by

A flight deck crewman gives the thumbs-up signal from his deck-edge station as a Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat lights its afterburners prior to launch from the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV 60)

An air to air left side view of two F-14A Tomcat aircraft

A formation of F-14A Tomcat, A-7 Corsair II, EA-6B Prowler, E-2 Hawkeye, S-3A Vikings and A-6 Intruder aircraft fly in formation

An air to air left side view of F-14A Tomcat, A-7 Corsair II, EA-6B Prowler and A-6 Intruder aircraft flying in formation. The aircraft are part of Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8), deployed from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

An air to air left side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft

An air to air left side view of two F-14A Tomcat aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of a Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft

F-14A Tomcat aircraft and deck equipment cover the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) as the ship prepares to depart Norfolk for its new home port in Bangor, Washington

A Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) F-14A Tomcat aircraft waits on the No. 3 waist catapult as an Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is launched from the No. 4 waist catapult aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

A cable is attached to a Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prior to being hoisted by crane aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 302 (VF-302) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A right rear view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft in flight shortly after being launched from the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Ordnancemen mount an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile onto a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft approaches for a landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Am MD-3A tow tractor is used to maneuver a Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft into position prior to being hoisted by crane aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

With steam still rising from the tracks of the No. 4 waist catapult following the launch of an aircraft, a Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) F-14A Tomcat aircraft waits for launch on the No. 3 waist catapult aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

The pilot of a Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft salutes prior to being launched from the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to be launched during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is lowered by crane onto the deck of the aircraft carrier USS KITTYHAWK (CV-63)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 302 (VF-302) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is prepared for launch from the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

The radar intercept officer aboard a Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft checks the sky behind him as the aircraft banks into a turn during a flight off of the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV 61)

A Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is hoisted by crane aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTYHAWK (CV-63)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is positioned on a catapult during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A pilot and the radar intercept officer climb out of the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to be launched during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Ordnancemen prepare to mount AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71)

A catapult and arresting gear officer prepares to signal for the launch of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Two Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft pass over the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61)

A plane director guides an F-14A Tomcat aircraft onto a catapult during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Steam rises from a catapult as a Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is moved into position for launch during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

An air-to-air left side view of a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft. The aircraft is assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Ordnancemen mount an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile onto a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

Flight deck crewmen work in the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)

A plane director guides an F-14A Tomcat aircraft onto a catapult during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is hoisted by crane aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTYHAWK (CV-63)

A plane director guides an F-14A Tomcat aircraft onto a catapult during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A flight deck crewman makes final pre-launch checks on a Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft passes over the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) and an Iowa-class battleship during a flight off of the Ranger

A Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is hoisted by crane aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTYHAWK (CV-63)

The radar intercept officer aboard a Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft glances down at the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV 61) as his aircraft gains altitude

A Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) F-14A Tomcat aircraft waits for launch on the No. 3 waist catapult aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)

Ordnancemen mount an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile onto a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

Steam rises from a catapult as a Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft maneuvers into position for launch during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A pilot climbs out of the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft taxis along the flight deck during Naval Air Reserve carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Shipyard workers check stabilizing ropes tied to the landing gear of a Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft as it is hoisted by crane aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

Members of a flight deck fire party practice on an F-14A Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102), which is qualifying aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

Members of a flight deck fire party train a hose on an F-14A Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102), during a general quarters drill aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The Tomcat's squadron is qualifying aboard CVN-71)

A view of the flight deck from the port side of the island aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), showing three F-14A Tomcat aircraft and the radar dome on an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft

An S-3A Viking aircraft, left, and an A-6E Intruder aircraft are in position for launch on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). Behind each blast deflector is an F-14A Tomcat aircraft. The aircraft, the pilots of which are working toward their carrier qualifications, are from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), the wing assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66)

An S-3A Viking aircraft stands ready for launch as an F-14A Tomcat aircraft waits behind a blast deflector on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). The pilots, who are from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), are working toward their carrier qualifications. CVW-1 is the wing assigned to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft trails an arrestng gear cable after landing during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Firefighters and catapult and arresting gear crewmen stand by as a Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Sqaudron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is guided onto a catapult during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Firefighters and catapult and arresting gear crewmen stand by as a Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to be launched during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 302 (VF-302) aviators discuss flight procedures in the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 302 (VF-302) pilot climbs into the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Firefighters and catapult and arresting gear crewmen stand by as a Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft taxis on the flight deck after landing aboard aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64). The reserve squadron is aboard the ship for carrier qualifications

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 302 (VF-302) pilot inspects the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is positioned on a catapult during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 301 (VF-301) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is positioned on a catapult during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 302 (VF-302) flight crew members inspect the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during carrier qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64)

A catapult and arresting gear crew member monitors a launch control panel as a Naval Air Reserve Fighter Squadron 302 (VF-302) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is prepared for launch from the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64). The reserve squadron is aboard the ship for carrier qualifications

A plane director signals instructions to the pilot of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71)

MD-3A tow tractors are brought out to move F-14A Tomcat aircraft that are parked on the snow-covered flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Aircraft handling crewmen brush snow and ice off the wings of a Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) F-14A Tomcat aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Airmen inspect a Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft parked on the flight line. The aircraft is the first to be transferred from VF-2 to Fighter Squadron 194 (VF-194)

Vice Admiral (VADM) Paul D. Miller, commander, 7th Fleet, climbs into the cockpit of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A right side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft approaching for a landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Vice Admiral (VADM) Paul D. Miller, commander, 7th Fleet, prepares for flight in an F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

A right side view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft approaching for a landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Vapor forms around the wings of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft as it passes through the sound barrier

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft taxis across the flight deck during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

A catapult safety observer watches as a catapult and arresting gear crewman attaches launching equipment to the nose gear of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

A Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft engages an arresting cable aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

The pilot of a Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) F-14A Tomcat aircraft salutes to inform the launch officer of his readiness for launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

An air to air rear view of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft trailing an aerial gunnery target during a gunfire training exercise

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

An F-14A Tomcat aircraft is launched during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)

Flight deck crewmen prepare a Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) F-14A Tomcat aircraft for launching during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)