We were driving around in the desert for fun; on the way back to San Diego, we stopped at NAS Miramar (Top Gun). My ID got me on base, but when I took pictures of the hanger and F-16's, the base cops / master at arms, confiscated my film, (including the pics I took in the desert). ( :-(
Grumman F-14 Tomcat,sleek,powerful,deadly,& REAL star of movie Top Gun.Final prototype of F-14 took off on May 24th,1971,with its variable-geometry wings for speed & greater stability.In full forward-sweep,wings provided lift needed for slow-speed flight,especially needed during carrier landings.In swept-back positions,wings blend into body,giving F-14 Tomcat dart-like silhouette for high-speed,supersonic flight (using Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-412A Turbofans). By 1972,1st of F-14s sent to USN.