A historically significant example of the F-14 Tomcat is in the process of being transferred to its new home.
The aircraft (B/N 164346) “Sweet Little Miss” was delivered to the US Navy in February 1992 and went on to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Theodore Roosevelt. On June 28, 2006 became the last Tomcat to operationally land aboard an aircraft carrier with pilot Lt. Chris Rattigan and RIO Lt. Paul Dort at the controls. In September of that year it performed its final flight during delivery to the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond.
Following the museum’s closure in 2016, the aircraft, which was on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation, was acquired by The Museum of Flight in Rome, Georgia. It was cleared for disassembly for movement last month and is currently in the process of being transported to its new home.
A timeframe for delivery and display has not yet been reported. Click below to check out recent photos of the process.
For those who would like to contribute and help cover the costs associated with the move, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up here.