Visitors to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, encounter an F-14 Tomcat on static display on the flight deck. There is no information that implies an F-14 ever flew from the Midway (CV-41), and history shows that F-14 squadrons were not assigned, as the carrier’s flight deck and infrastructure could not support regular operation of the large, heavy aircraft.
The interesting thing, however, is that long ago, two F-14s did land on and launch from the Midway.
In February 1982, the Midway and the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) were on joint operations in the northern Pacific as part of NorPac exercises. At the time, U.S. naval forces were pushing on the Soviet naval forces in the North Atlantic in conjunction with NATO exercises and in the northern Pacific. Acting as commodore for the two-ship exercise in the Pacific was Captain Charles McGrail.