You don’t have to be an airplane junkie like me to know the venerable F-14 Tomcat. Tom Cruise made the sexy, swing-wing super-fighter famous in the movie Top Gun.

Well, for those of you not in the know, the US Navy retired the great plane 7 years ago. However they are still flying! They are flying in the Iranian Air Force. That’s right, the country that is the closest thing to our “enemy" as you can find on Earth other than, say, North Korea.


What’s more upsetting? Being an American watching one of our greatest fighter jets now in the employ of our enemy? Or being an Iranian fighter pilot having to admit to yourself on a daily basis that your “front line" fighter jet was born and built in the minds and systems that your leaders have told you is the incarnation of the Devil? You are flying our cast-off junk. Our sloppy seconds.

I’m going to go with the second one.

And that’s how I console myself when I think of the ghost of poor Goose haunting the back seat of those old birds. Hey, at least they are still flying, unlike their bretheren rotting in the Arizona desert and being slowly dismantled. So there’s that consolation as well.

Pictures of Tomcats in Iran - pretty good looking schemes, except for the insignias
History of Tomcats in Iran - you thought “Arms for Contras" was just pistols and rocket launchers?