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F-14 Tomcat
VF-103 Jolly Rogers
United States Navy
Vliegbasis Keine Brogel
Tuesday 24 October 2000

This pair of F-14B Tomcats of the famous "Jolly Rogers" Fighter Squadron One Zero Three
(VF-103) of the US Navy visited the spotters day of the Belgium Air Force at Kleine Brogel
Air Base. The spotters day was held Tuesday 24th October 2000. The spotters day is held
every year at Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium, for aviation enthusiasts who like fast jets.
This was the first time and maybe the last time that the F-14Bís of the "Jolly Rogers" visited the
spotters day. Now the end is nearing for the mighty Grumman F-14 Tomcat and most Fighter
Squadrons of the US Navy are converting to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Maybe the next time
the "Jolly Rogers" are coming to Europe they are flying the high-tech F/A-18E/F Super Hornet!

F-14B Tomcat 161435/103/AA VF-103 US Navy

Here you see F-14B BuNo 161435 of VF-103 "Jolly Rogers" with modex AA103 in full colours.

F-14B Tomcat 161435/103/AA VF-103 US Navy

AA103 is the so called CAG bird of "Jolly Rogers" Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103).

F-14B Tomcat 161435/103/AA VF-103 US Navy

The "Jolly Rogers" use the AA103 as CAG bird because VF-103 is the indication of the Squadron.

F-14B Tomcat 161435/103/AA VF-103 US Navy

Homeport of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) is Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana.

F-14B Tomcat 162918/100/AA VF-103 US Navy

Here you see F-14B BuNo 162918 of VF-103 "Jolly Rogers" with modex AA100 in gray colours.

F-14B Tomcat 162918/100/AA VF-103 US Navy

This F-14B Tomcat wears the so called toned down colour scheme used by VF-103 "Jolly Rogers".

F-14B Tomcat 161435/103/AA VF-103 US Navy

In 2000 VF-103 was embarked onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

F-14B Tomcat 161435/103/AA VF-103 US Navy

This front shot of BuNo 161435 let see you the massive air intakes of the Grumman F-14B Tomcat.

F-14B Tomcat 161435/103/AA VF-103 US Navy

VF-103 "Jolly Rogers" is scheduled to be transitioned from the F-14B to the F/A-18F in March 2005.

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