Grumman F-14B Tomcat
In its new home
LT Brian "Beke" Hodges and the RIO was LT Ashley "Ciao" Augostini
The F-14B located at MAPS Air Museum started out life as the 540th F-14A built by Grumman Aircraft Corporation (GAC) at their Bethpage, NY plant. It was accepted by the US Navy at the GAC Calverton, Long Island, NY facility on 1 July 1986. Returned to the Grumman facility in St. Augustine, FL on January 11, 1995, it underwent upgrades to become a F-14B (KM) before being returned to the US Navy on 21 December 1995.
Following it's upgrade to F-14B status, our aircraft, BuNo 162694 served with the following NAS Oceana squadrons: VF-103 (to 7 August 1996), VF-102 (to 30 March 1999), VF-101 (to 27 March 2002) and finally, VF-32 (to 15 June 2005).