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Alert 5 F-14 Tomcat

moves onto the cats of
the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63.

Look at the Ardvark on the tail of this f-14 tomcat

 Photo by C. Jeff Dyrek

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This F-14 Tomcat is the Alert 5 and is moving onto the cats to wait for action.  

The pilots take a four hour shift. You commonly see them reading a book while sitting in the cockpit.  An Alert aircraft is an aircraft which is ready in a 0009159ALT="F-14A Tomcat 1/48 Airplane Model Kit" HSPACE=10 VSPACE=10 BORDER=2 height=135 width=250 align=RIGHT>moments notice for takeoff to defend the ship. In this case, the alert 5 must be off the deck within five minutes of an alert of an aircraft coming toward the ship. These incoming aircraft must be intercepted before they reach the 200 mile defensive radius. All aircraft carriers maintain a defensive radius and consider all uniden

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