The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was one of the most iconic naval fighter aircraft of the latter half of the twentieth century. Colors & Markings of the F-14 Tomcat, Part 2: Pacific Fleet and Reserve Squadrons is a comprehensive look at the paint schemes and unit markings used by operational F-14 squadrons assigned to the Pacific Fleet from 1972 through 2004.
The book covers the fifteen active Pacific Fleet fighter squadrons and the two Naval Reserve units that flew the Tomcat for over thirty years. Beginning in 1972 when the F-14 entered service with VF-124 “Gunfighters,” the Tomcat distinguished itself, first as an outstanding fighter and fleet defense aircraft, and later as a strike aircraft.
This book follows the first book in the trilogy, Colors & Markings of the F-14 Tomcat, Part 1: Atlantic Fleet and Reserve Squadrons, which covers the fifteen active Atlantic Fleet fighter squadrons and the two Naval Reserve units that flew the Tomcat while assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. The third and final book in the series, Colors & Markings of the F-14 Tomcat, Part 3: Prototypes, Test, Evaluation, and Adversary Aircraft, will follow and it will cover the Grumman prototypes, the test and evaluation squadrons, and the facilities that flew the Tomcat. Also included will be Tomcats that flew in the ACM adversary role and those flown by NASA. Part 3 will also include an appendix that covers the official paint schemes used on Navy Tomcats during there operational service, and an additional appendix that will go into considerable detail to illustrate the markings and standard stenciling used on the F-14.