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Museum of Flight raising funds to save F-14 Tomcat


The Museum of Flight is hoping to add an F-14 Tomcat to its collection at Rome, Georgia, US – but needs to raise funds for its transportation across three US states.

The F-14 in question was previously displayed by the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond. After its delivery to the US Navy in February, 1992, it flew combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the 2nd Gulf War, was on the USS Abraham Lincoln during George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech, and was the last F-14 to ever land on an aircraft carrier. Unfortunately, the Richmond museum has closed, and the fate of its F-14 is uncertain.

The Museum of Flight is currently slated to receive this historic aircraft, but requires assistance to make sure it finds its way to its new home. With a fuselage that measures 22ft wide it qualifies as a super load. It will need to travel through three states, with police escort, before it arrives. This endeavour will cost $40,000, but the museum says that any small gift will go a long way to ensure that this F-14 is saved from the scrapyard.

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