Support the Tomcat Monument effort!
The F-14 Tomcat Monument will be a 10-ft. tall, four-sided, black granite obelisk installed in the Naval Aviation Monument Park on 25th St. adjacent to the Boardwalk in Virginia Beach, VA. Dedication will be Spring 2020.
Latest word from Association President ADM ‘Bad Fred’ Lewis:
Dateline, 4 July 2019: To Tomcat veterans and enthusiasts everywhere: When we began our journey of project design and fund raising to erect a monument to the F-14 community some ten months ago, we had very little data to show us how to assess our probability of success. We had said that it was our goal to erect a monument in Virginia Beach in the spring of 2020, and, that if resources from our capital campaign were sufficient, we would consider other locations (Pensacola and San Diego) as appropriate sites for erecting identical monuments. Thanks to all of our generous donors we are very pleased to inform you that we have been very successful and have achieved our initial fund raising target. This original target was our estimate of what it would take to design, fabricate, transport, erect, and maintain a monument that would not only take your breath away but would be a lasting educational experience for all visitors. As it stands now, our current resources not only fund the Virginia Beach monument, they provide for enough to get us started down the road to resource the monument in Pensacola at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. We have been in contact with officials at the Naval Aviation Museum, and we are happy to report that they are overwhelmingly excited and supportive about having an F-14 monument at the Museum. So the bottom line is that our capital campaign will continue. Given our experience to date we believe it reasonable to expect to have the monument in Pensacola dedicated in November 2020. As a point of clarification, each monument will be identical to include the donor names that were inscribed on the original monument with new donor names added as contributions are received.
As members of the organizing committee, participation in this project has been an exciting and challenging experience. We all accepted this commitment knowing that except for small administrative costs all other costs including personal travel and meeting expenses would be borne by each individual. We believe this to be a noble cause as we commemorate all the men and women involved in the design, manufacture, testing, operational employment, and maintenance of an airplane that has become iconic and legendary as the finest fighter to ever operate from the flight decks of our Navy’s aircraft carriers. In addition we believe the monument to be a fitting tribute to the lives and memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while flying the Tomcat. They will not be forgotten.
Fred Lewis, RADM, USN (Ret)
ADM ‘Bad Fred’ Lewis and CDR ‘Rattler’ Rucker discuss the Monument effort.
A commemorative fin flash coin, shown below, is now available for purchase with proceeds going to support the Monument effort. Purchase price is $25.00ea plus $10.00 flat S&H for delivery within the USA.
To get your coin, contact Stu Morgan for all details.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laser-etched storyboard panels similar to those shown below will display images of the iconic variable-sweep wing fighter, as well as descriptive text that will be visible on all four sides of the obelisk.
The panels will depict aircraft operations, a tribute to maintenance and operational personnel, and a commemoration of those who gave their all flying the Tomcat, including their names inscribed on the monument.
The Tomcat Monument will be funded by donations (made in US dollars) online via credit card through PayPal or by mail using the flyer below with a check to the F-14 Tomcat Monument Association.
Mach 2 Level – $1000
Mach 1 Level – $500
Afterburner Level – – $250
ALL AFTERBURNER, MACH 1 and MACH 2 DONORS WILL HAVE THEIR NAME, CALL SIGN (as appropriate), RANK, and SERVICE INSCRIBED ON THE MONUMENT (up to 30 characters, spaces and punctuation included).
Other donations are welcome!
IMPORTANT DONOR INFORMATION
If using PayPal, YOU MUST send an email with your postal address, PHONE NUMBER and inscription information (Name, Call Sign (as appropriate), Rank, and Service to
If donating by mail, please download the Monument FlyerTomcatMonumentFlyer_Nov2018 insert your desired information (up to 30 characters, including spaces and punctuation) and mail to F-14 Tomcat Monument Association, PO Box 3112 Virginia Beach VA 23454.