Say it ain't so, Maverick!
The F-14 is retiring from US Service.
First my beloved F-111, and now the F-14. The only swing-wing we have left in US service is the B-1. This just seems so wrong. The F-111 troops had a saying "If your wings don't sweep then you ain't shit" and we always made sure to extend it to our brothers and sisters in the F-14, B-1 and Tornado communities.
The F-14 also has a claim to fame within the fandom of Japanese animation. The tv series Macross (known to US audiences as Robotech - The Macross Saga) used fighter aircraft very very very similar to the F-14. Oh, they weren't the exact same, by any stretch. For one, the Tomcat still can't turn into a giant robot. If you looked at the lines, though, it said "Hi! I'm the science fiction version of an F-14!"
Oddly enough, though, I will not be watching "Top Gun" in honor of the retirement. Tom Cruise doesn't deserve the screen time.