I’m a little surprised we didn’t hear much more about this, seeing as how popular Top Gun still is to this day.
I realize this forum doesn’t dwell on military aircraft a whole lot, but many in my generation (“X” I suppose) grew up wanting to be the cool pilot with the hot girlfriend flying supersonic jets all over the world. I was into aviation before Top Gun came out (as much as a 10-year-old could be, anyway), but that movie and the F-14 locked aviation into my heart for life.
Sad to see it go, but it’s definitely outperformed by the SuperHornet, and much cheaper to operate and maintain as well. Long live the spirit of the Tomcat!!